An interview by Fintan Dunne with Cindy Connolly (top right) who was transferred from mandatory hotel quarantine to hospital on Friday night suffering chest pains due to stress.
Ms Connolly travelled to Dublin from the UK to care for her 79-year-old father James (top left) who was released from hospital earlier this week after suffering an adverse reaction to Pfizer’s Covid 19 vaccine.
She was tested negative for Covid-19 by the NHS but was told on arrival at Dublin Airport she needed a PCR test and was escorted by members of the Defence Forces and detained at the Croke Park Hotel.
The @EU_Commission has concerns regarding the mandatory hotel quarantine in #Ireland for travelers from 5 EU Member States. Today we sent a letter to Irish authorities asking for clarifications. The objective pursued by Ireland could be achieved by less restrictive measures. pic.twitter.com/wcRQVP2Xh4
“The commission has concerns regarding this measure in relation to the general principles of EU law, in particular proportionality and non-discrimination.
“We have been in contact with the Irish authorities during the past days on this matter. Today the commission sent a letter to the Irish authorities asking for clarifications on this matter and on the criteria used to determine the designated [EU] countries.
“The commission believes that the objective pursued by Ireland, which is the protection of public health during the pandemic, could be achieved by less restrictive measures.”
“We invite the Irish authorities to align more closely their measures taken with the provisions of the council recommendation member states agreed in October and updated earlier this year.”
Christian Wigand, EU Commission Spokesperson for Rule of Law, the Charter of Fundamental Rights, Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Employment and Social Affairs.
The commission has given Ireland ten days to respond.
NEW: People travelling abroad for surrogacy will be exempt from mandatory hotel quarantine when they return, the High Court has heard. The Minister is drafting regulations and hopes to have them finalised as soon as possible. They will still have to quarantine at home. @rtenews
Exclusive footage of “Hotel Quarantine” thats feels like prison.
Exclusive footage of Robert who came in on the boat last night to be met surrounded by many Gardai & to be transported to Temple Bar hard rock hotel in temple bar. What is actually happening in this country. pic.twitter.com/HaTqyHHJVb
The two women who refused to go into the mandatory hotel quarantine system when met by the Army at the airport appeared in court today. The women, both aged in their 30s, returned to Ireland yesterday after travelling to the United Arab Emirates for cosmetic surgery. They have have been remanded in custody with consent to bail.
Via RTE news:
Michael French, solicitor who represented both women, said his clients will be challenging the constitutionality of the legislation and remand in custody would be disproportionate given the offence they are charged with carries a maximum prison sentence of one month.
He also said his clients, who had travelled to Dubai for breast enhancements, were not aware of the regulations before they travelled.
He said Kirstie McGrath is mother to two young children aged six and 10 and there is no one else to take care of them.
He said Niamh Mulready is mother to a seven-year-old child and had refused to go into quarantine as she needed to get home to look after her child.
He said both women would agree to bail conditions which required them to quarantine at home for two weeks, to check in with gardaí and he could not see why the State would not agree to this. He said both women had provided three negative Covid-19 tests in the last week.