Fine Gael’s Michael Ring says that he fears the country is becoming a “police state” under the new lockdown rules. 

The Mayo TD told the Fine Gael parliamentary meeting tonight that he would not support new moves to fine people who have been found to breach the 5km restrictions to be introduced at midnight.

He and other TDs pointed out that 5km was a very short distance in rural Ireland, and there would be practical difficulties in imposing the limit during the dark winter months.

According to the Irish Independent Mr Ring also said he thought the Government “should have stuck with Level 3 restrictions instead of imposing a national lockdown”.

Deputy Ring  is the latest TD to express serious concerns about the Level 5 lockdown.  Earlier this week, Independent TD for Clare, Michael McNamara said a return to a full lockdown was an “act of tyranny”.

Tipperary TD, Mattie McGrath has warned of the negative mental health impacts and the economic consequences of a Level Five lockdown.