Close to 8,000 fines have been issued by gardaí for people in breach of Covid-19 restrictions, with more than 6,500 of these issued for non-essential travel.

Up to close of business yesterday, 7,950 fines had been issued for breaches of public health regulations.

A total of 6,297 €100 fines had been issued for non-essential travel, with a further 263 €500 fines for non-essential journeys to ports and airports.

Nearly 200 fines for €500 have been issued to people for organising a house party, with another 747 €150 fines issued to people attending such parties.

More than 155 fines have been issued to people for not wearing face coverings, which are €80 each.

People between the ages of 18 and 25 account for 53% of all fines issued so far, with those aged between 26 and 35 accounting for 24%.

Men account for 75% of all fines so far, with women accounting for 25%, while close to half of all fines have been issued at weekends.

Gardaí have said that 620 court prosecutions have been initiated to date for those in breach of the regulations, following consultation with the DPP.

Fines for non-essential cross-border travel came into place 11 days ago, and latest traffic data shows a 23% decrease in cross-border travel last weekend compared to previous weekends.

Gardaí have said they are continuing to find groups of people gathering in large groups, and that while the majority of people believe that they are doing the right thing, the reality is that the level of casual contacts remains high.

Gardaí will be maintaining nationwide checkpoints and patrols at public amenities across the country this weekend.

"While the vast majority of people are heeding the advice, there are still some who are not complying with public health regulations. In doing so, they are putting themselves, those they love, and those they know at risk of catching of a virus that could, unfortunately, result in serious illness or death," Deputy Commissioner John Twomey said.

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