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This afternoon.

Did the state act unlawfully when departing passengers at Dublin Airport were approached and questioned by social welfare inspectors and gardai…

Via The Irish Times:

Under 2012 legislation, Social Welfare inspectors can question people at ports and airports, but only when they have “reasonable grounds” to believe there is a contravention of the Act.

However, according to multiple reports on social media and elsewhere this week, checking and questioning of people at airports has been widespread.

The Data Protection Commission (DPC) wrote to the Department of Social Protection in recent days asking it on what basis their inspectors had stopped and questioned people at airports, including asking them for personal information and personal public service numbers (PPSNs).


….The watchdog also said it is following up on queries made by individuals about whether the DEASP sourced information from passengers from other sources that allowed targeting of individuals for payment cancellation without any interaction with an inspector at a port or airport.

Data watchdog: ‘Serious doubts’ over whether social welfare inspectors acted lawfully at airports (Irish Times)

Yesterday: Reasonable Question


This afternoon.

Dublin Airport.

Swarm of sun-seeking, beer-swilling pandemic payment dolehead ingrates (out of picture).


The Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection has said people who are in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment should be actively seeking work if their job has been lost permanently.

Heather Humphreys told RTÉ’s News at One in the case of some sectors, like in hospitality, where a person’s job is temporarily paused due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Government is not expecting such people to be looking for another job.

She was speaking after the Department of Social Protection confirmed that 104 people have had their Pandemic Unemployment Payment stopped as a result of checks carried out at airports.

Those in receipt of PUP should actively seek work if their job has been lost permanently – Humphreys (RTÉ)

Earlier: Selling A PUP

Deny The Passenger

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This afternoon.


Pandemic Unemployment Payment (Gov.ie)



This morning.




Dublin Airport departures at Terminal 2 last month

This evening.




The centre pole?


Thanks Mike O’Brien



This morning.

Dublin Airport arrivals.

From today, visitors arriving in Ireland must fill out a mandatory Passenger Locator Form to ‘help with contact tracing’.


Anyone entering the country from abroad must provide details of where they intend to stay for the following 14 days, and they will be asked to self-isolate at that location.

Those who arrive in the Republic of Ireland and travel immediately onwards to the North will only have to fill out their name and signature on the form.

Failure to fill out the form will be punishable by a fine of up to €2,500 or up to six months in prison.

Oh yes.

Playing a blinder.

Mandatory passenger locator form comes into effect from today (RTÉ)

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Dublin Airport


In the Dáil.

Independent TD Michael Collins raised the story in yesterday’s Irish Independent about some passengers failing to fill in a form detailing where they would be staying for the following two weeks, saying:

“We see today that a large percentage of people flying into Ireland are not filling in the form asking them how they intend to socially isolate for two weeks. We need to allay any fears in tourism communities, and that can be done if the completion of these forms was mandatory in airports and ports.”

During his response, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said:

“In terms of the airport forms, they are not yet mandatory. They may well need to become mandatory. That is something we are considering at the moment, but I disagree with the Deputy. Making it mandatory for people to fill in forms to self-isolate for 14 days when they come to the country is not good for tourism.

“People will not come to Ireland if they have to isolate for 14 days. We need to get to the point where we can have air travel start again. I want air travel to start again for business and leisure but that will have to be done safely. That is being worked on at the moment.”

Related: Passengers refusing to give details of plans for quarantine (Independent.ie)

Transcript: Oireachtas.ie

Pic: Rollingnews