A twenty-four-year old man has appeared in court in Wexford charged with breaching the restrictions on movement introduced to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

He's the first person to be charged with offences under the new emergency legislation brought in by the Government last month (the Health Act 1947 as amended by the Health Act [preservation and protection and other emergency measures] 2020.)

Denis Constantin, who is originally from Romania but living at Shinguan, Mile House Road in Enniscorthy, is facing two charges of contravening the provisions of a regulation under the emergency legislation signed into law last month

It is alleged he was stopped by gardaí on two occasions over the Easter weekend more than two kilometres from his home, first on Good Friday near Bunclody and again on Easter Monday morning near New Ross in Co Wexford.

Mr Constantine is also charged with three other offences including driving without a licence or insurance while disqualified.

The court was told he made no reply to the charges.

In Gorey District Court sitting in Wexford today, Judge Brian O Shea refused bail and remanded Denis Constantin in custody to appear again in court next Tuesday.

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