Gardaí have said more than 4,500 people have been fined for breaches of Covid-19 restrictions – of which 3,500 were for non-essential travel.

Since 29 January, more than 375 fines have been issued at Dublin Airport to people leaving the country.

People travelling to an airport or port to take a holiday abroad are now liable for a €500 fine.

Gardaí say they have also intervened in house parties across the country, and fined 300 people for either organising or attending a house party.

The fine for organising a house party is €500, with a €150 fine for attending a house party.

Gardaí have also advised people that from next Monday, those living in Northern Ireland who cross the border without a reasonable excuse will be liable to a fine of €100.

Ninety-four people have been fined for not wearing masks, with more than 70 of those in shops and supermarkets.

Six people are due to appear before district courts in Dublin, Cork, Meath, Waterford and Limerick for non-payment of their fines. People issued with fines have 28 days to pay them.

Gardaí have said that over the past few days, they have observed breaches at licensed premises, restaurants, retail outlets, hair and beauty salons and other businesses.

They have also advised people this weekend to stay home to protect themselves and their loved ones.