POLL: Do you think people who post Garda checkpoint locations on social media should be punished?
An article on the Offaly Express website last week caused an outpouring of furious debate amongst thousands of readers.
The article contained a warning from the Laois-Offaly Crime Prevention officers, asking people to stop posting Garda checkpoint locations on social media.
He said that posting such material compromises the Garda Road Policing initiative and the safety of your community.
Added to that, it emerged on Saturday morning that there had been a checkpoint close to the home of Richie McKelvey just hours before he was attacked in his home a little over a week ago, and that details of this checkpoint being lifted were posted to Facebook.
The debate centred on that presumption that people who have nothing to hide from Gardaí have no problem facing a checkpoint and that posting such updates does in fact help criminals evade capture.
On the other hand, people claimed they have a right to post such information on social media. The debate raged on over the weekend, and now we want you to have your say.
Scroll back up to vote in our poll, which asks, 'Should people who post Garda checkpoint locations on social media face punishment?
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