Steve McQueen in The Great Escape (1963)

Yesterday/This morning

Via Irish Examiner:

More than 70 people from red-listed countries have absconded from mandatory hotel quarantine since the system was implemented, it has been revealed.

Of the 75 people who left mandatory quarantine , just 24 returned to their accommodation “voluntarily” after gardaí intervened.

The Sunday Times reports more than a dozen people have left their hotel without permission in the last week alone.

Leader of the Social Democrats Catherine Murphy said it defeats “the whole purpose” of mandatory hotel quarantine if people can just walk out of their own accord.

More than 70 abscond from Ireland’s mandatory hotel facilities (Irish Examiner)

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6 thoughts on “Escapism

  1. Mr. T

    Clearly the government dont have confidence in their legal ability to enforce it – its just heavily recommended that you volunteer to quarantine (for 2k smackeroos)

    1. Zaccone

      They’ve quietly released everyone whos mounted any sort of legal challenge. And not arrested anyone whos just walked out either. Because they’ve presumably received legal advice that if any case actually makes it to court the whole thing will be slapped down.

      Its all an illusion really – its entirely reliant on people voluntarily staying in there (and paying for the privilege).

  2. K. Cavan

    This is clearly something the government has been told to do by their owners & they haven’t got the enthusiasm to ride roughshod over long-established legal & political rights just to discourage people from traveling, which is what this is all about. Mind you, there are plenty who’d cheer them on were they to go overboard, some not very far from hereabouts.
    Another insane chapter in a series of lunatic actions by our political class, who really have taken leave of their senses, what little they had.

  3. Redundant Proofreaders Society

    May we ask the audience, in all honesty and without judgement, has anyone here smuggled a Brit across the border?

    Surprised Christy Moore hasn’t released a song about it.

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