Images of gardai appearing to conduct such searches, as captured by international news outlets, were shown by the Irish Daily Mail to An Garda Siochana when seeking comment. Under emergency laws rushed in last week, only a limited number of shops are allowed to open, including those selling food, pharmacies, banks and service stations.
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Solidarity-People Before Profit TD Brid Smith said she thought the apparent checking of people’s shopping was an overreach of Garda powers. She said: ‘Apart from shoplifting or abusing the protocols, I can’t imagine in what circumstances they would need to be inspecting people’s shopping bags. I find it very strange really, it’s worrying.
‘If it’s random inspection of people’s shopping bags to see if they’re shopping for essential goods or not, well that’s extraordinary because it’s only essential goods that should be sold at the moment.’ The pictures also shocked Consumers’ Association of Ireland chief Dermott Jewell, who said: ‘This is, to all intents and purposes, a violation of privacy.’
Fred. Worrying times we live in, we need a Srong team to Represent the people and fight for their Civil Rights and Liberties? However, we must always be aware of our basic civil liberties and any intrusion by the State, that cannot be justified or can be identified as an intrusion of the ordinary human being’s basic human rights. Being aware of coronavirus COVID-2019 has thrown many arrors in the air and what will happen to Human Rights of people and their Civil Liberties is anyone’s guess as they cannot even tell us when there may be a vaccine (they say it could be one year to 18 months if not more). Personally I met this virtual connection to this Harvard inter alia Epidemiologist man on Twitter, which he has selected to make his announcements each day concerning COVID-19 and he is worth listening to so that you can achieve a balance and seek out equity too. Dr Eric-Feigi-Ding is worth following on a daily basis. He compares countries and US falls far short of the standards one would expect while South Korea has become a model example. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1n848mVFU0
Excerpt: To a democracy like Ireland; this would be excessive but then who knows what lies ahead with this Pandemic COVID-19?
Control of Information: Numerous countries have made it illegal for the media or individuals to publicize information about the coronavirus without government pre-clearance. For example, the Indian state of Maharashtra, with a population of 114 million people, has put such a restriction in place. In Thailand, journalists can face up to five years in prison for failing to correct what the government deems to be incorrect information about the coronavirus. Similarly, in Hungary, journalists and others face up to five years imprisonment for “distorting” information about the disease. In Egypt, the government blocks or limits access to news websites that it deems to be spreading false information about the pandemic.