Castleisland Garda Station ‘Covid Stand-Down’ Strictly Precautionary – Sgt. O’Keeffe

Covid-19 traffic restrictions and Garda checkpoints like this one at the Dooneen / Mick Galwey Roundabout outside Castleisland won’t be impacted by the precautionary stand-down of members of the force attached to the Castleisland station – according to Sgt. Tim O’Keeffe. ©Photograph: John Reidy

News breaking on Drivetime on RTÉ Radio One this evening has it that Gardai attached to the station here in Castleisland are being ‘stood down’ as a result of contacts made with colleagues from other counties.

Kerry based reporter, Anne Lucey informed programme co-anchor, Sarah McInerney that the members of the force were being monitored for the Covid-19 virus as a result of the contacts made.

Ms. Lucey also suggested that the dawn to dusk roadblocks around Castleisland or elsewhere will not be impacted by this development.

Heightening Sense Of Concern

This is the latest in a heightening sense of concern over the incidents of Covid-19 in the Castleisland area over the past week in particular which has resulted in some of the town’s public houses closing their doors again.

Castleisland’s ‘new build’ Garda station was opened in 2011 and it houses the county’s roads traffic unit as well as scenes of crime facilities, a juvenile liaison office and others as well as the regular Castleisland units.

Occupying Roadblocks

Castleisland based gardai have been joining their colleagues throughout the country in occupying roadblocks since last week.

The most noticable of these is here on the now bypass diverted ‘Gateway to Kerry’ at Dooneen on the Limerick Road where traffic has dropped off noticably over the past week but is still a lot heavier that in the first lockdown last spring.

Stand-down Strictly Precautionary

However, the Tralee based Sgt. Tim O’Keeffe confirmed the ‘stand down’ but said that no members of the force attached to the station in Castleisland has tested positive and the action was taken in adherence with HSE guidelines and was strictly precautionary.

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