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.
A passenger reacts angrily as she is taken by coach under Irish Army escort to the Crowne Plaze Hotel on the first day that travellers from countries deemed hot spots are required to undergo mandatory quarantine.
18 more states have been added to the Government’s coronavirus ‘high-risk’ list.
Brazil and South Africa are now joined by Angola, Austria, Botswana, Burundi, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Eswatini, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Visitors from these countries will have to self-quarantine for a ‘mandatory period of 14 days’.
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly (above) said:
“Under the current Level 5 restrictions nobody should be engaging in non-essential travel at this time. These stringent measures on people arriving to Ireland from 20 states are necessary in responding to the risks posed by variants of concern.
“People who arrive in Ireland must now complete a full mandatory 14-day period of self-quarantine if they have been in any of these states in the previous 14 days. The Government will shortly consider legislation that will require such passengers arriving here to complete this quarantine at a designated facility.”
A short by Marvel, Disney and Lucasfilm emoji designer Truck Torrence, made during the recent weeks of California’s stay at home order in which a cute l’il dumpster fire trundles through town during quarantine.
“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.”