Tánaiste warns mandatory hotel quarantine will lead to ‘really hard cases’ with people unable to leave or return to Ireland for family or work reasons

Tánaiste warns mandatory hotel quarantine will lead to ‘really hard cases’ with people unable to leave or return to Ireland for family or work reasons

10/02/2021 23:15:00

Tánaiste warns mandatory hotel quarantine will lead to ‘really hard cases’ with people unable to leave or return to Ireland for family or work reasons

TÁNAISTE Leo Varadkar has warned that mandatory hotel quarantine will lead to “really hard cases” of people being unable to leave or get into Ireland for family or work reasons.

The new regime would not be a silver bullet, Mr Varadkar said.He said efforts are being made to coordinate across jurisdictions, but pointed out that while New Zealand has two islands and one government, the UK and Ireland are two islands with five jurisdictions.

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Sources at the meeting said Mr Varadkar warned the new regime was unlikely to be as effective as it has been in Australia and New Zealand, saying he was not sure if the North was planning any mandatory quarantine regime.He also noted that the second and third waves of the virus saw large numbers of cases in border counties.

Former housing minister Eoghan Murphy said he had received queries from people who were concerned about having to go into hotel quarantine if they travel for funerals.Senator Regina Doherty expressed concerns about “demonising” travellers and said that more focus should be put on antigen testing for people travelling abroad as opposed to fines of up to €2,000. headtopics.com

Carlow-Kilkenny TD John Paul Phelan said he had been contacted by couples who were planning to travel for IVF treatment and were concerned about the new quarantine rules.Cork North Central TD Colm Burke said he had been contacted by a person in Dubai who was planning to come home but had already been vaccinated.

Former justice minister Charlie Flanagan said there were real constitutional difficulties around mandatory quarantine and said the UK proposals to jail people who breach travel rules seemed disproportionate.Meanwhile, Mr Varadkar told his parliamentary party that Covid-19 case numbers are going in the right direction and falling at a rate of 30pc week on week. He said the lockdown is working and this strengthens the case to reopen schools in February and March.

He said the revision of the existing Living with Covid plan later this month would take account of the vaccination programme and the emergence of new variants. He said the Government would give continuation dates for various pandemic support schemes that are due to expire at the end of March.

A number of TDs raised concerns that a new Covid business support scheme, announcedby Mr Varadkar on Tuesday, does not cater for businesses that do not have a physical premises. Mr Varadkar said any further supports could only cover businesses’s fixed costs and could not compensate them for loss of income. headtopics.com

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Tánaiste are you saying it's OK for us to be in lockdown and that it's not hard. Get out to the real world. We can't see our families or friends but that's OK Tánaiste. We'll its not. I don't care if quarantine in a hotel leads to hard case's . stay at home they won't have to. The quarantine thing is working pretty well in Australia... it has two effects..1 it cuts the infection rate to a minimum (obviously)... and, 2, no one will want to travel here unless it’s vital because who wants to spend 2 weeks in a hotel room at a cost of $3000

So don't enforce it. They will be able to be they will have to quarantine that's the point Tough shit Yes, we know. We all know this. It’s February 2021. Get the finger out. read When are they going to get it? 330k people to date quarantined in Australia Isn't this what people were demanding - zero covid approach?

An sure keep us on permanent lockdown just pay those who are unemployed enough to pay their bills. More bullshit

Two who left hotel quarantine back in facilityTwo of the three people who left mandatory hotel quarantine yesterday have returned to the facility and a search for the other person is continuing They probably just went out for a few pints... oh wait If they left they left, they got out and ran away. Where’s this attempted to leave shite coming from?

LeoVaradkar please explain how. MHQ is simply enforcing the quarantine all arrivals are meant to be doing at home anyway 🤷‍♂️ Are you admitting that you’re not blind to the fact people haven’t been quarantining or that some are unable to because they share accommodation? Close the feckin border altogether to stop the spread of the virus. Does Dublin Airport not understand English at all. Close the border to all travellers home and abroad. We are all sick of all these restrictions but Dublin Airport doesn't obey it all.

More excuses instead of implementing a policy that is proven to work. But still our crony gombeen politicians will be able to go on their junkets, like to the white house. Them and us, like they're entitled, not deserving but entitled. I’m sorry but I know there are hard cases but there a lot of people in the graveyard who’s families have hard cases. We need a tough stance.

I left the state for serious personal reasons (medical treatments) and I work and pay taxes. I will come back sooner or later my personal situation hope can be resolved. Why should I be fired from my job or imprisoned in hotel? I am not an holidaymarker. There are different reasons to be considered before being blind and demonising everyone.

I left the state for serious personal reasons (medical treatments) and I work and pay taxes. I will come back sooner or later my personal situation hope can be resolved. Why should I be fired from my job or imprisoned in hotel? I am not an holidaymarker. There are different reasons to be considered before being blind and demonising everyone.

I left the state for serious personal reasons (medical treatments) and I work and pay taxes. I will come back sooner or later my personal situation hope can be resolved. Why should I be fired from my job or imprisoned in hotel? I am not an holidaymarker. There are different reasons to be considered before being blind and demonising everyone.

I left the state for serious personal reasons (medical treatments) and I work and pay taxes. I will come back sooner or later my personal situation hope can be resolved. Why should I be fired from my job or imprisoned in hotel? I am not an holidaymarker. There are different reasons to be considered before being blind and demonising everyone.

I left the state for serious personal reasons (medical treatments) and I work and pay taxes. I will come back sooner or later my personal situation hope can be resolved. Why should I be fired from my job or imprisoned in hotel? I am not an holidaymarker. There are different reasons to be considered before being blind and demonising everyone.

Exceptions to hotel quarantine for hard cases must be carefully managed, says Irish doctor working in AustraliaA leading Irish consultant in public health medicine working in Queensland has said Ireland can learn from Australia’s mandatory hotel quarantine system by controlling requests for exemptions. ISAG need to be deplatformed. Their stated intent is to create anxiety in the public and they have been drumming up hysteria for too long. Id suggest people stay away from our shithole of a country , completely gone down the drain now

To this day there is no mandatory testing at the airport , the airlines follow all the covid guide lines . Air conditioning systems in the aircraft are of hospital standard . The health system can’t cope with this pandemic as present and governments failed to invest How much a year is varadkar on ? Couldn't even bother to find out what Northern Ireland stance is on mandatory quarantine, turn your stomach listening to the same carry on week after week with the economy going down the toilet and no sign of cases abating either. Joke

End this bullshit 🤦‍♀️ It won't prevent them going. But it will make it difficult. So they will only go if it's really essential. ... Which is exactly the point. That’s right. And that’s why it’s necessary. Because there is always a hard case that brings more death. Leo needs to get a grip, this quarantine should have been put in place months ago! Whats wrong Leo are you worrying that you don't get on you're paddy's day trip away to where ever!

it wont effect cheap labour coming into the country though I don’t give a shit about “really hard cases” when this entire country has had to most of the past year in lockdown. Quarantine and very serious track and trace are the keys to getting rid of this virus. LeoVaradkar do your job and stop talking shit.

Can't have mandatory hotel quarantine it's not sustainable and would be like lockdown and be never ending. Ireland is a Island that almost every family has family abroad and a workforce that travel for work and come home. We should never go down the same road as Kiwi or Kangaroo. I know, he should never have given in to the zero covid nurs.

Travel for essential treatment to be exempt from MHQPeople who are travelling abroad for essential medical reasons are to be exempt from mandatory hotel quarantine when they return. MHQ needs to be abolished as it serves no purpose and also I find it hard to believe its legal aswell 🤔 how does that work? Covid knows you are only going for medical reasons and decides it won’t come back with you? Have they all travelled to the Canary Islands for these medical appointments ? 😂😂

I do wonder who votes for this legislation. The public need to know so we can be more infomed on the run up to the next election. Green party/ fiannafailparty FineGael sinnfeinireland all other TDs. And? Leo trying to stay relevant. We've all had to make sacrifices. Suck it up Well isn’t that the whole idea 🙄

Why are FineGael and LeoVaradkar so against this ? It’s terrifying they are destroying the Irish economy by not implementing this. Hard cases VS potentially thousands more dead ? Easy choice. INFURIATING do it NOW. Thats the whole funking idea. At least the remaining 4.5 million of us can have internal freedom

I don't remember voting for this. Nazi dictastors shipping healthy people to gulags. Zero covid brigade don't care 🙉 They aren't here for that. ingridmileyRTE Its two weeks in a hotel, hardly the end of the world. Thousands have been unable to say goodbye to their loved ones or to attend funerals of close friends.

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LeoVaradkar soft on protecting citizens live's, soft on tackling liars in the Dail, soft on telling the truth, soft on supporting his cabinet colleagues, soft on doing what a government is supposed to do. Why is this guy the leader of a party? the future leader of the country? Some of us are in such a situation for nearly a year

Isn’t MHQ more effective and fairer than fining those going to the airport €2000? The Gov stance is devoid of all logic. Who cares if people leave? It’s those coming in who need to be quarantined to protect everyone. Why does the Irish Gov. issue warniings and then no follow through. As well, too late

Really hard cases is having to bury loved ones or watching them die by zoom wise up Leo They shouldn’t be travelling at all Allow Irish residents to quarantine at home, mandate it for non Irish residents. Tell them piss off Well if we can lock down society for months and restrict access to 5K two weeks in a hotel room doesn't seem too tough.

I know of numerous people who did not travel home for funerals for fear of bringing covid to their families most who are old and vulnerable. Don't want to sound insensitive but I think this is a weak excuse from government. It works in Australia ect. Job interview by zoom

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Can't wait for the calls to Joe Duffy and the bitching and moaning on social media, probably from the same people screaming now for quarantine. You know what is ‘really hard case’ kids not being in school & your domestic economy shut down again because we did not put proper quarantine measures in place last year. Now he is again arguing that Ireland should not do it. Do not wait on rest of these islands. Lead ZeroCovid

Tuff so what ...one person coming in can infect hundreds in a domino effect... Thousands and thousands of people have not been able to see their loved ones so they kept to the no travel rule... Sooner or later something is going to give and it's not going to end well.. Get a new Tánaiste who says different things to that one and we'll be grand.