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Long queues: A garda at the McDonald’s restaurant at Kylemore Road, Dublin, yesterday. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Long queues: A garda at the McDonald’s restaurant at Kylemore Road, Dublin, yesterday. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Long queues: A garda at the McDonald’s restaurant at Kylemore Road, Dublin, yesterday. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

GardaÍ had to attend McDonald's drive-throughs across Dublin yesterday as demand for fast food led to traffic chaos.

Traffic jams caused long delays for motorists across Dublin around the outlets, as six opened up for the first time in eight weeks.

A line of traffic filled Kylemore Road in Inchicore, Nutgrove in Rathfarnham, and Artane after the drive-throughs opened at 11am.

Gardaí attended a number of the fast-food premises due to high volumes of traffic.

A Garda spokesman said last night: "Cars have been moved on if they were causing an obstruction to traffic. There are no issues outstanding at this time."

McDonald's had said before opening that if there were any queues causing "disruption at busier sites", it may close some drive-throughs.

Some drivers became so frustrated they sounded their horns in an attempt to hurry queues.

The first customer to bag himself a McDonald's yesterday in Coolock was electrician Darren Mulligan (33).

"I've been dying for a McDonald's, so I made sure to get here early," he said.

"It's like Christmas to get one. My girlfriend is going to be so jealous."

Meanwhile, meat processor Dawn Meats will restart burger production at its Carrolls Cross, Co Waterford, plant next week to meet demand from reopened McDonald's restaurants.

The plant has 50 staff, who have remained on the books while it was closed, and buys and processes beef from Irish farmers for McDonald's outlets across Europe.

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