TD slams Garda checkpoints causing up to an hour delay for frontline workers
31st March 2021
Fianna Fail TD Robert Troy has expressed frustrations about Gardai setting up COVID-19 checkpoints on major motorways and dual carriageways.© Provided by Extra.ie
The Gardai confirmed on Monday evening that they had resumed static checkpoints on selected High Volume Motorway/Dual Carriageway routes.
There were reports of long tailbacks on both the M7 and M4 on Monday evening.© Provided by Extra.ie The Gardai have resumed static checkpoints on motorways and dual carriageways across the country. Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Fianna Fail TD Robert Troy has now hit out at the new checkpoints as he noted that they will delay essential workers on their way home from work.
The Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment took to Twitter on Monday evening to express frustration with the Gardai’s motorway checkpoints.
‘Reports of serious delays for essential workers coming from Dublin this evening to facilitate Covid checks is not the way to get community buy in,’
Speaking to RTE’s Today with Claire Byrne, the Fianna Fail TD for Longford-Westmeath said that essential workers were delayed on their way coming home from work.
‘The people who had engaged with me had just finished up 8 and 12 hour shifts working within our health service, working within our disability services,’ Deputy Troy said.
‘[They] were subjected to 45 minutes, an hour, delay in getting home [on Monday] evening.
‘I do believe that checkpoints have a role to play to ensure we are adhering to the public health guidelines.© Provided by Extra.ie Fianna Fail’s Robert Troy said that the Garda checkpoints on the motorways were disrupting people getting home. Pic: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie
‘But I also think we have to ensure that we have a balanced approach. I don’t believe they are [the way to get community by in].
‘Where possible, people are meant to be working from home and my Department has engaged with the relevant bodies. IBEC is advocating to their members to facilitate people working from home where it is practically possible.
‘There are instances where people cannot practically work from home. They are essential workers, they need to be able to get to work and they need to be able to get home from work in a timely and efficient fashion.’© Provided by Extra.ie Robert Troy said that Gardai should do ‘stage checkpoints’ on motorways to avoid long tailbacks on the motorways. Pic: Collins
Minister Troy later suggested that the Gardai should do ‘staged checkpoints’.
This, he said, would involve checkpoints in a number of places to avoid long tailbacks.
People Before Profit’s Brid Smith, meanwhile, argued that Gardai’s questioning at the checkpoints needs to be more rigorous. She argued that while Gardai are stopping people to ask where they are going, they are not asking if that work can be done from home.