Remarkably, the man had neither licence nor insurance as he attempted to make off for France's sunnier climes
Gardai arrest driver as he flees to France for sun holiday

Gardai arrest driver as he flees to France for sun holiday

Gardai arrest driver as he flees to France for sun holiday

Gardai arrest driver as he flees to France for sun holiday

Gardai arrest driver as he flees to France for sun holiday

Gardai arrest driver as he flees to France for sun holiday
Gardai arrest driver as he flees to France for sun holiday
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A man without a valid licence has been caught red-handed trying to escape Ireland for a sun holiday in France – a breach of the country's Covid-19 guidelines.

Gardai snared the man – a disqualified driver – at Dublin Port in recent days, putting an abrupt end to the holiday he was dreaming of.

Remarkably, the man had neither licence nor insurance as he attempted to make off for sunnier climes in France – prompting officers attached to Store Street Station in Dublin to seize the van and arrest its driver.

It's one of the more surreal stories we've heard in recent days about Ireland's Covid-19 rulebreakers, but it's not the only one.

Gardai have issued fines to people attempting to break lockdown in a variety of ways – from the sublime to the ridiculous – over the last few weeks.

In one particularly bizarre story, the cops slapped Covid-19 fines on five would-be sulky racers after they were caught more than 5km away from home.

Naas Community Gardai, working with detectives from Athy, stopped five Dublin men as they attempted to race a sulky – well outside their Covid-19 radius.

Fines, according to the Gardai, were issued to the men, amid renewed calls for people to stay at home amid the pandemic.

Yesterday, the Taoiseach confirmed that Ireland's Level Five lockdown will be extended by six weeks, which will bring us all the way up to March 5.

An Taoiseach Micheal Martin TD during a session of Dail Eireann at the Convention Centre in Dublin's City Centre

Micheal Martin urged people to hold firm as case numbers finally start to tumble after a spike over the festive period and its aftermath.

Public health officials last night reported a further 928 cases of the virus – a figure lower than we've had in weeks.

But Ireland also surpassed a grim new milestone on its pandemic, as a whopping 90 deaths brought our overall death toll over the 3,000 mark.



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Gardai arrest driver as he flees to France for sun holiday