Front, l-r: Sgt Claire Miskella, Sgt Daniel Cowman, Inspector Anne-Marie Twomey, Sgt Paul Crowley, and Mark Moloney, Garda staff. On step: Garda Fiona O’Keeffe, Garda Conor Gately and Garda Amanda Ryan. (Picture: Donal O’Keeffe)

As the Government signs into law this week new regulations granting gardaí sweeping powers to enforce restrictions on public movement due to Covid-19, the message from An Garda Síochána is very simple: to help save lives, stay indoors, stay safe, and don’t be afraid to pick up the phone.

Sergeant Daniel Cowman, the sergeant in charge at Fermoy Garda Station, told The Avondhu this week that gardaí are pursuing a two-pronged approach in the national effort to slow the spread of Coronavirus, focussing on ensuring that people are observing the Government’s recommendations, and offering community support to anyone in need of garda assistance.

“We’re out in force, with gardaí operating checkpoints day and night to ensure that people are complying with restrictions,” Sergeant Cowman said. “The message is simple. To help save lives, stay at home.

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