Minister for Health to sign regulations to give Gardaí extra powers…

first_img TAGSCoronavirusCovid 19healthLimerick City and Countypolitics Mass COVID testing to take place at University of Limerick following fresh outbreak of virus among student population MINISTER for Health, Simon Harris announced this evening he would be signing regulations to give An Garda Síochána powers to enforce COVID-19 restrictions to help stop the spread of the virus.Speaking on RTÉ Primetime this evening the Minister said that he would be signing the regulations to issue the extra powers to the Gardaí following a meeting with An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan, Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan, Garda Commissioner Drew Harris, as well as the Attorney General Seamus Woulfe.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Minister for Health said the Garda Commissioner did note “the level of compliance is very high, the Irish people are being super” but Harris said he believed it was important for Gardaí to “have these powers in their back pocket”.Minister for Health Simon Harris has said he will be signing regulations tonight to give gardaí powers to enforce Covid-19 restrictions | https://t.co/wdaZ8k3hDX pic.twitter.com/QmZLeHtnRB— RTÉ News (@rtenews) April 7, 2020He said, “It is important the Gardaí have these powers in their back pocket, so if they do need enforcement powers, they do have them. I think that’s what most people in this country would expect and want the Gardaí to have.“They’ll continue their normal strategy of working with the people and assisting the communities. But it is important as I say, that they have them there in their back pocket if they need them.”The regulations come as fears of people becoming complacent with increased numbers of people congregating and not sticking to the 2km radius of their homes. Facebook NewsHealthPoliticsMinister for Health to sign regulations to give Gardaí extra powers to enforce COVID-19 restrictionsBy Cian Reinhardt – April 8, 2020 1019 WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Email Twittercenter_img Previous article2020 JP McManus Pro-Am postponed for a yearNext articleSamaritans Ireland appeals for donations Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] Institute of Public Health addresses loneliness as a challenge to national health in light of Covid-19 restrictions Print Covid antibody testing opens to public at Shannon Airport Limerick health chiefs urge public not to withhold information on virus contacts, as they investigate “complex and serious outbreaks” across midwest region Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students Government announces phased easing of public health restrictions Linkedinlast_img read more