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Operation 'Open City' Commences in Dublin, Wednesday - 1/12/21

Issue Date: 01/12/2021

Operation ‘Open City’ commences in Dublin City today, Wednesday, 1st December, 2021, and will continue until Christmas Eve.

The aim of ‘Open City’ is to facilitate the movement of Public Transport and minimise traffic disruption to the general public, through high visibility and enforcement activity.

This plan has been developed after consultation between An Garda Síochána and external stakeholders including the four Local Authorities in the Dublin Region, Transport Infrastructure Ireland and the National Transport Authority.

Chief Superintendent John Gordon, Roads Policing Division, Dublin Castle said, "Over the course of the past year, there have been significant changes to street layouts in the Dublin city-centre to accommodate improved cycling infrastructure and to facilitate outdoor dining. Accordingly, we’re asking people who plan on coming into the city over the holiday period to familiarise themselves with the changes, to plan their journeys in advance and to use public transport where possible."

"Mandatory intoxicant checkpoints will also feature strongly as part of our Christmas and New Year enforcement operations and we are reminding motorists who may be out socialising over the holiday period to leave the car at home and not to risk taking it out too early the next day as you could still be over the legal limit to drive.”

Operation ‘Open City’ commenced in Dublin at 7am this morning, Wednesday, 1st December, and runs until 7pm on Friday, 24th December, 2021.