An Garda Síochána has said that so far around 9,800 Covid-19 related fines have been issued. 

Among the fines issued, there were 7,566 €100 fines for non-essential travel and 341 €500 fines for non-essential journeys to airports or ports. 

277 €500 fines were issued relating to the organising a house party and 1,109 €150 fines for attending such an event. 

187 fines of €80 were issued for not wearing a face covering.

In a statement today, the gardaí said that they continue to find groups gathering in breach of Covid-19 regulations.

Ahead of the weekend, the gardaí say that checkpoints and patrols at public amenities, parks and beauty spots will continue across the country.

They are urging people to remain within 5 kilometres of their home for exercise. 

However, they say that for those who are subject to domestic violence the travel restrictions do not apply. 

Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, John Twomey said: "The vast majority of people are complying with the public health regulations. This is vital in bringing down the Covid-19 infection rate.

"The best way of keeping safe this weekend is to stay home. If you are going out, please stay within your 5km, limit your contacts with others, maintain social distancing, and regularly wash your hands. 

He added: "Unfortunately, there appears to be some people who don't believe it is their responsibility. Having such an attitude puts themselves, their loved ones and anyone they come into contact with at risk of getting a virus that has killed more than 4,000 of our fellow citizens."