Senior gardai have warned Irish Government officials that new Covid-19 restrictions are unenforceable.
At interdepartmental meetings, gardai have voiced significant concerns over the vagueness of some regulations they have been asked to police. They have specifically raised issues with enforcing new rules preventing people playing golf more than 5km from their homes.
But other concerns have arisen since the further relaxation of the restrictions last Monday, resulting in more people returning to outdoor activities, related either to work or leisure.
Gardai have said the new rules are unenforceable and are causing huge confusion for members of the force.
A senior source said there was fears that policing the new rules was being "left entirely" to gardai and there was no onus being put on the golf club.
Officers say many of the regulations are, in reality, civic guidelines which are an issue for personal or social responsibility rather than being a subject for Garda enforcement.
One officer said: "A lot of young people, who were largely housebound for the past couple of months, are now moving outdoors and, naturally, they are meeting up with their friends in the streets or in public spaces.
"If we come across a group of teenagers in excess of four people talking together on a street or in a park, are we supposed to intervene immediately, and warn them they are in breach of the regulations?
"Our policy since the lockdown is to act in a way that is not seen as being heavy handed while ensuring, where physically possible, that social distancing guidelines are not being broken.
"There have been problems in some areas with golfers travelling more than 5kms from their homes for a game at their local clubs. In some cases, we have asked motorists to turn around but we can't be expected to police the movements of every golfer. This should be sorted out by the management of each club as they have the addresses of all golfers booking a game. Many of the clubs are playing their part but others are not."
Gardai say there are also problems in determining what shops should be open under the regulations.
Senior officers called on the public to act responsibly, stick with the roadmap and stop trying to find loopholes. "If we all play our part for the next nine weeks or so, hopefully we will be in a much better place at the end of it", one added.
Latest figures show that gardai used the regulations 241 times between April 8, when they came into effect, and May 16, out of hundreds of thousands of interactions with the public.