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Gardaí Step Up Patrols Ahead Of Anti Lockdown Protests

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Checkpoints and high-visibility patrols will be stepped up tomorrow for St. Patrick's Day.

Officers will be trying their best to avoid the scenes seen at an anti-lockdown demonstration on Grafton Street three weeks ago.

A number of similar protests are planned, which Gardaí say will require a significant Garda policing operation.

The Sunday Times' Security Correspondent John Mooney says the operation will be support by both the air, dog and mounted units.

"Behind the scenes will also be investigative units and surveillance units that would following those involved in the organisation of this [demonstration]."

Gardaí Appeal To Public To Avoid St Patrick's Day Gatherings

Meanwhile, Gardaí are urging people to stay home and avoid house parties and large gatherings tonight and tomorrow.

They say over 2,100 fines have been issued for organising or attending a house party.

Checkpoints will be in place on routes into Dublin city.

They'll also be checking the business of people on public transport over the course of the day.


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