September 19, 2020

‘Its time for people to cop on’ – anger as gardai forced to turn back over 70 cars from Wicklow beauty spots

Local gardai had to turn back more than 70 vehicles from counties as far away as Roscommon who descended on popular Wicklow beauty spots in clear contravention of the Covid-19 restrictions over the weekend.

The day-trippers were sent home by officers on Covid-19 patrol at Glendalough, Devil’s Glen and Crone Wood yesterday.

Pictures of a stream of cars at the sites promoted an angry response on social media.

One man asked those involved: “Would you rather see your friends and family tomorrow, hugging and kissing them. Or maybe you would rather see them in a box. The choice is yours. I support the Gardai in what they are doing. I Congratulate them for being on the front line. Keep you, me and our family and friends ALIVE.”

Another man commented: “It’s time for people to cop on the rules are there for a very good reason.”

A local Garda spokesperson urged people to “please stay the course” and reamin at home until the restrictions are lifted.

Commenting on the latest incidents, the spokesperson said: “What do Nass, Clongriffen, Edenderry, Arklow, Roscommon and Wexford have in common? None of them are within 5km of Glendalough, Devil’s Glen, Crone Wood or any of the other locations where more than 70 cars, motorcycles and cyclists were made to turn back from today by Gardaí at various checkpoints.

“Please, please stay the course and help ensure we continue on the pathway to easing of restrictions. It’s in all our hands.”

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