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Niamh Mulreany and Kristie McGrath were arrested at Dublin Airport on Friday after returned from Dubai – where they received treatment at King’s College Hospital.
A judge ordered two mothers to isolate themselves in hotels for two weeks and seized their passports after refusing to quarantine.
Mulreany is 25 and Kristie is 30 years old.
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Mulreany, a mother of one, and McGrath, a mother of two, had taken PCR tests as required before returning to the UK and received negative results.
Despite this, they were stopped at the airport and were not allowed to board their plane to the UK.
Instead, they were instructed to pay £1,573 (€1,850) in fees to quarantine in a hotel when they returned to the Irish capital.
After claiming they did not have the money to pay, they stayed within the airport for several days as their families tried to help them get home.
Mulreany’s father, Eddie, discussed the matter with the Department of Foreign Affairs and other government officials – eventually securing the mothers a flight home.
But when the pair arrived back in Dublin, they were again asked to quarantine, but they were arrested after refusing to sign documentation.
Despite Garda allegedly spending several hours explaining the women’s current travel restrictions, they did not comply and were subsequently charged. They have both returned three negative Covid tests.
Niamh Mulreany And Kristie McGrath Arrested
Kirstie McGrath and Niamh Mulreany were arrested at Dublin Airport on Friday afternoon, charged that night, and appeared before court Saturday morning.
They were arrested after refusing to comply with the Defense Forces members in the arrivals hall when they were told they would have to quarantine at a nearby hotel for two weeks.
While appearing in Tallaght District Court yesterday, the judge said the mothers had visited Dubai for breast enhancement surgery, the Irish Independent reports.
Under current travel restrictions, those traveling outside the country must quarantine for 14 days, and failure to do so can result in a £1700 (€2,000) fine and a one-month jail sentence.
The pair, both from Dublin, claimed they researched and adhered to travel guidelines but were arrested on Good Friday and later charged with Covid-19 regulations under the Health Act.
A judge granted them bail but imposed several conditions yesterday.
The pair have had to surrender their passports and have been banned from international travel.
They have been ordered to go to a quarantined hotel for two weeks unless they provide a negative PCR test after ten days.
They must also remain contactable by phone, and their cases will continue on April 9 at Dublin District Court.
Garda has been approached for comment.