All of Ireland has been coping with 5km travel restrictions since the third lockdown was introduced, though it turns out some people have been coping better than others.
The gardaí released details this evening of the recipients of the Fixed Penalty Notices they've dished out in the past week or so, which are given to people found to stray outside 5km limit for non-essential reasons. 29 people have been in receipt of FPNs, including three people who were stopped in Ringsend in Dublin 4. Upon questioning from guards, it was revealed that the trio had traveled from county Meath, over 80kms away, in a car with the purpose of collecting burgers from a takeaway.
Gardaí said that at a checkpoint at Sean Moore Road in Ringsend the driver of a vehicle stopped by officers said that he and two passengers had travelled from Co. Meath to collect ‘burgers’ from a takeaway restaurant in Dublin 4. All three were around 80km from home and received a FPN.
Unfortunately, going for a takeaway is not considered an 'essential journey'.
Our Meath sources tell us that towns like Navan and Ashbourne all have premium takeaway options. It's worth noting that the men did not travel from towns like Ratoath, which are essentially Dublin suburbs at this stage. The guards didn't reveal where in Meath the car travelled from, but the map belows show that an 80km journey from Ringsend will get you as far Kells, in the heart of north Meath.