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Short Update: Gardaí lose enforcement powers as Ireland removes criminal penalties in relation to COVID-19 movement restrictions

FT Admin - June 9, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Extended police powers

Ireland has updated its regulations in relation to coronavirus movement restrictions, and has removed criminal penalties, taking enforcement away from gardaí, the Irish law enforcement.   

As of yesterday, people can travel anywhere within their own county or for up to 20km outside it, up from a previous radius of 5km, and unlike previous versions of the regulations, the latest provisions do not mention a criminal penalty for breaching the movement restrictions. 

This means gardaí can no longer arrest or prosecute anyone moving outside the radius, under what were previously draconian police powers. 

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