Two mothers arrested at an airport for allegedly refusing to quarantine after returning to Dubai from a boob job trip have been put in custody.
Kirstie McGrath, 30, and Niamh Mulreany, 25, were detained in Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport on Friday afternoon after returning from the United Arab Emirates.
The women were arrested for allegedly refusing to go to a quarantine hotel after arriving in Dublin.
Defense Forces staff called Gardai who took them to Ballymun Garda Station and charged them with violating Covid-19 regulations of the Health Act. Dublin Live Reports.
The two mothers appeared before Judge Miriam Walsh at Tallaght District Court today and denied the charges.
The judge said the two friends had gone away for breast augmentation surgery and asked if it was an essential trip.
“Colloquially referred to as a boob job,” she later described her medical procedures as reasons for her trip.
The court heard that Gardai had spent nearly two hours explaining the rules to women who said they were unaware of the change in the law.
This was their second trip to the Middle East as they had plastic surgery there a few weeks ago, reports the Irish Mirror.
On their return to Ireland they had a negative PCR test but were informed that they could only return flight if they paid hotel quarantine fees of € 1,850 upon arrival in Dublin.
The women said they had no other money but were not allowed to board the flight.
They were left at the Dubai airport before being allowed to fly back after Ms. Mulreany’s father Eddie Freeman tried to contact the State Department, several embassies and politicians.
However, upon arrival, they were arrested for allegedly refusing to quarantine at a hotel and are being held.
A Garda spokesperson said: “Gardai has implemented the four-es approach – a last resort to encourage, explain and encourage enforcement.
“After failing to comply with Gardai, two women were arrested for violating the health law and taken to Ballymun Garda station. Both women have since been charged. “
After the arrest, Ms. Mulreany’s father Eddie Freeman said, “You are very distressed. My daughter followed every travel rule. You have been and will be treated incredibly. “
The friends are supposed to appear before the criminal courts on Sunday morning.