Quarantine Free Flights from Denmark with a new strain of Covid allowed, while walks 6 km from your home are not allowed
Aontú Leader& Meath West TD Peadar Tóibn, and Aontú Deputy Leader Cllr Denise Mullen have castigated the ongoing inconsistencies of Irish Covid regulations. An Teachta Tóibín stated;
“Right now you can fly to Ireland from Denmark with a new strain of Covid and no mandatory quarantine but you can't go for a walk 6 km from your home. Following on from Sock Gate a fortnight ago this is just the latest in the ‘you couldn’t make it up’ type inconsistencies of the government”.
The fact that the north has moved to institute a ban of flights from Denmark into the north highlights the southern government’s inaction even more. For some reason International Travel has been a gaping weak spot in the governments’ response since failing to stop flights from north Italy at the start of this crisis.
Cllr Denise Mullen stated “the second biggest problem with regards the approach of the administrations in Ireland north and south has been the absence of an All-Ireland approach to Covid-19. Our questions to the Taoiseach have shown 6 calls in 6 months between the Taoiseach and the Northern Executive. This underscores just how divided this Island is”.
“We, in Aontú, have been banging this drum since day one demanding an All-Ireland approach to Coronavirus – but it has fallen on deaf ears. Over the past few days, there has been a mutation of the Coronavirus in minks in Denmark which could threaten to set us back months if not years from reopening our economy. If the sacrifices made by the Irish people are not to be squandered, then there needs to be a united approach to this new threat on our door by both the Irish government and the Northern Executive.”
“Already we are beginning to see the fault lines whereby Danish travellers are banned outright in the North – but in the South they are only required to restrict their movements for 14 days. We need an outright ban on flights from Denmark across the whole of the 32 counties – without exceptions. We have mink farms in Ireland vulnerable to contamination and which could lead to Ireland being in the same position as Denmark. Once again we have been presented with the chance to show a united front to Covid-19 – please don’t let it be squandered again and at a horrendous cost to the Irish People.”