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Gardaí utilising ‘all available resources’ in Clare during COVID-19

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*Gardaí on duty in Ennis. Photograph: John Mangan

“All available” Garda resources are being used to ensure public health measures are adhered to in Co Clare.

Powers afforded to members of An Garda Síochána to detain individuals who breach the regulations of exercising or travelling further than 2km from their home on non-essential journeys remain in place until May 5th at least.

Crime Prevention Officer at Ennis Garda Station, Tríona Brooks confirmed high-visibility patrols will be maintained in the county. “We are continuing to use all available Garda resources in Clare to mount high visibility patrols and checkpoints, this is focused on supporting public compliance with public health measures. These high visibility patrols are to provide re-assurance and advice to the public”.

She acknowledged that the “vast majority of the public” continue to comply with the guidelines and Gardaí expect this behaviour to continue.

“If necessary we will intervene where venues or outlets are not in compliance or where groups of people are not adhering to recommended measures. Our priority at all times is to keep people safe. If we all work together, we can flatten curve and help protect our loved ones, friends and neighbours,” Brooks added.

Public offices in Garda Stations across the county remain open but making contact by telephone or email is the preferred route officers have asked the public to follow. Tríona commented, “Where vulnerable and isolated persons are identified and have no local supports or where supports are no longer possible due to COVID 19 we will support these persons, if you need us, call us”.

Two investigations are underway in the county linked to COVID-19 restrictions. Gardaí in Kilrush are pursuing the publication of threatening letters in Kilkee warning of potential damage to holiday homes.

In Shannon, two Gardaí were alerted to an incident at SkyCourt Shopping Centre on Thursday where two girls were subsequently charged following their public spat. They have been released on bail.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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