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It comes after gardai, along with other State agencies, carried out 42 roadside checks between March 1 and mid-July aimed at identifying people who may be engaged in tax evasion, road traffic or road safety irregularities. Photo: Mark Condren

It comes after gardai, along with other State agencies, carried out 42 roadside checks between March 1 and mid-July aimed at identifying people who may be engaged in tax evasion, road traffic or road safety irregularities. Photo: Mark Condren

It comes after gardai, along with other State agencies, carried out 42 roadside checks between March 1 and mid-July aimed at identifying people who may be engaged in tax evasion, road traffic or road safety irregularities. Photo: Mark Condren

Almost 200 people have had their unemployment payments cut after a surge in fraud detections at Garda checkpoints since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis.

New figures reveal 176 people had pandemic unemployment payments stopped between March and July after being met by gardai and Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection officials at special multi-agency checkpoints.

Another 15 people had other payments stopped, according to data released under the Freedom of Information Act.