Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney

This morning.

Further to Department of Health plans to expand the Mandatory Hotel Quarantine scheme to include 43 additional countries, including the United States, France and Germany….

“There are a lot of concerns about our capacity to (increase the number of countries) in the short term. We need to think through the implications of that.

“It is one thing having a couple of hundred people in two or three hotels being managed by a contractor and the Defence Forces and working with the Garda Síochána and the Department of Health .

“It’s quite another thing having thousands of people in hotels which would have the implication of expanding this to lots of countries particularly EU countries where there are a lot of Irish people.”

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney in an interview with Highland Radio this morning.

Hotel quarantine should not apply to countries where many Irish live, Coveney says (Irish Times)

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7 thoughts on “Not Our Own

  1. jason

    Or keep the list strict, who on earth is going to come here for a meeting or holiday and have to isolate for two weeks. Surely, two weeks at your own expense is enough of a deterrent.

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  2. Otis Blue

    You’d never think that Coveney was a member of the Cabinet that signed off on this. Neither he nor the Attorney General appeared to have any concern about EU freedom of movement when Austria was placed on the quarantine list. It’s not like the logic nor magnitude of quarantine would be difficult to predict. His emphasis on places with a substantial Irish population is merely a nod to vested corporate interests.

    Anyone hoping that Coveney will be an upgrade on Varadkar as FG a leader are in for a shock.

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  3. Mary Brennan

    I hope Simon does everyone to stay in when another wave comes from travelers coming in from these countries .Hope Simon is able take the blame

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  4. K. Cavan

    So, as the Winter Flu Season, this year renamed “The Covid Season”, winds down, the Government takes the role of King Canute, trying to stop a virus type that’s designed to persist on surfaces & has been circulating around the planet for 1,000 years, from entering a country it’s already endemic in. How can anyone take these clowns seriously?

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