Two Irish women who were jailed for refusing mandatory hotel quarantine on arriving Dublin Airport after traveling to Dubai for cosmetic breast surgery mounting a constitutional challenge against Ireland’s coronavirus rules after their release.
Niamh Mulreany, 25, and Kirstie McGrath, 30, were initially sent to Mountjoy women’s prison but have now been released on condition they quarantine at a designated hotel and provide their own bond of €800, of which €500 must be lodged.
A judge directed an inquiry into the legality of their detention, which has now been converted into a constitutional challenge against laws requiring people to enter mandatory quarantine after arriving in Ireland from certain countries where COVID-19 cases are high.
The women travelled to the United Arab Emirates, where they were due to, but ultimately did not, undergo cosmetic procedures. Judge Miriam Walsh, at Tallaght District Court, questioned if attending the ‘’boob job’’ procedure could be said to qualify as “essential travel.”
Irish sun-seekers have previously dodged travel bans by booking overseas dental appointments.