A further 14 pubs potentially breached Covid-19 regulations when gardaí inspected their premises between Tuesday 4 August and Sunday 9 August.

The cumulative national total now stands at 126 incidents recorded as potential breaches.

Under Operation Navigation, An Garda Síochána continue to enforce public health regulations.

These include that no alcohol is served without a 'substantial meal' costing at least €9.

Customers must also vacate their table after 105 minutes.

In a statement, gardaí said they are continuing to find "widespread compliance by licensed premises".

However, between 4 and 9 August, gardaí found potential breaches of the health regulations and/or licencing laws on 14 occasions.

The majority of these cases continue to refer to no evidence of food being served or consumed.

Files are currently being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in each of these cases.

Meanwhile, gardaí revealed there were 374 checkpoints conducted in Kildare, Laois, Offaly and all surrounding divisions as part of Operation Fanacht last weekend.

This followed the announcement by Taoiseach Micheál Martin of new restrictions in those three counties to help combat the spread of coronavirus.

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