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An Garda Síochána has announced that from Monday morning at 7am, anyone travelling from Northern Ireland into the Republic on non-essential business may be liable for a €100 fine.

The DUP’s East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson said,

“This is a bit awkward for Simon Coveney and the “no hard border” sledgehammer brigade. Seems like the RoI government is taking a decent go at hardening the existing international border between their country and Northern Ireland.

It would seem the Republic can enforce a north-south border when it suits which once again blows apart their arguments about the NI Protocol and it also demonstrates how hollow their antics have been for the last four years.

The Irish position was never about the Belfast Agreement or peace. It was entirely self-serving. The border deniers will have been left scratching their heads on this one.”