Two mums who were arrested at an airport for allegedly refusing to quarantine after returning from a “boob job trip” to Dubai have been held on remand.
Kirstie McGrath, 30, and Niamh Mulreany, 25, were held on Friday afternoon at Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport after coming back from the United Arab Emirates.
The women were arrested for allegedly refusing to go to a quarantine hotel after arriving in Dublin.
Defence forces personnel called gardai who brought them to Ballymun garda station and charged them with breaches of Covid-19 regulations under the Health Act, Dublin Live reports.
The two mums 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 enhancement surgery and questioned if that was essential travel.
“Colloquially referred to as a boob job”, she later described their medical procedures as the reasons for their trip emerged.
The court heard gardai spent almost two hours trying explain the regulations to the women who claimed they did not know about the law change.
This was their second trip to the Middle East as they had cosmetic surgery there a few weeks ago, the Irish Mirror reports.
When returning to Ireland, they had a negative PCR test but were informed they could not board their return flight unless they paid €1,850 in hotel quarantine fees for when they arrived into Dublin.
The women said they had no other funds, but were not allowed to board the flight.
They were left roaming the airport in Dubai before being allowed on a flight back after Ms Mulreany’s father Eddie Freeman tried to make contact with the Department of Foreign Affairs, several embassies and politicians.
However, on arrival they were arrested for allegedly refusing to quarantine in a hotel and are being kept in custody.
A Garda spokesman said: “Gardai implemented the four Es approach – engaging, explaining and encouraging with enforcement a last resort.
“After failing to comply with Gardai two women were arrested for breaches of the Health Act and taken to Ballymun Garda station. Both women have since been charged.”
Following the arrest, Ms Mulreany’s father Eddie Freeman said: “They are very distressed. My daughter followed every travel rule. They were and are being treated in an unbelievable way.”
The friends are to appear in the Courts of Criminal Justice on Sunday morning.