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Busted duo Two mums who refused to quarantine after Dubai 'boob job' trip spend the night in jail

Kirstie McGrath (30) and Niamh Mulreany (25) appeared before a sitting of the special 'Covid' court in Tallaght yesterday afternoon.

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Kirstie McGrath

Kirstie McGrath

Kirstie McGrath

TWO YOUNG mums arrested at Dublin Airport after they refused to enter hotel quarantine on their return from Dubai spent last night in Mountjoy Prison's female wing, a source has claimed.

The pair are believed to have been placed in isolation in the Dublin jail - which is standard practice for new inmates admitted to the prison.

Yesterday, Tallaght District Court heard they had travelled abroad for what a judge said was ‘referred to colloquially as a boob job,’ yesterday.

The pair, Kirstie McGrath (30), of St Anthony's Road, Dublin 8 and Niamh Mulreany (25), of Scarlet Row, West Essex Street, Dublin, appeared before a sitting of the special 'Covid' court in Tallaght yesterday afternoon.

Dressed in pink runners, pink leggings and a beige tracksuit top, Kirstie McGrath appeared first behind a Perspex enclosed dock.

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Niamh Mulreany attending court

Niamh Mulreany attending court

Niamh Mulreany attending court

Giving evidence of arrest, charge and caution, Garda Robbie Barber said he had arrested McGrath at 2.50pm on April 2 for breaches of the Health Act after she failed to comply with Garda directions.

She was conveyed to Ballymun Garda Station and subsequently charged with resisting going into mandatory quarantine under the Health Act 2021. She made no reply when charged.

Objecting to bail, Inspector Luke Leacy said his objections were that the accused had been afforded numerous opportunities to comply with the health regulations, which were fully explained to her.

"She refused to comply," he said.

Offering further evidence, Gda Barber said officers had spent an hour and 40 minutes explaining the regulations to McGrath on her arrival at the airport and the consequences, but she "didn't comply."

"We afforded her the opportunity to make as many phone calls as she needed to take advice," he said. "We explained to her in plain language what would happen if she didn't … if she failed to attend the hotel for quarantine."

Addressing the court again, Insp Leacy said "this was a conscious decision made by the defendant to fail to comply".

Appearing on behalf of McGrath, solicitor Michael French said he was surprised to see the inspector in the court in respect of this matter.

He said "serious questions needed to be asked in respect of the legislation.

"I think the Government has gone a step too far," he said. "I believe this legislation amounts to a disproportionate erosion of my client's constitutional rights.

"My client had provided three negative Covid tests."

Mr French said his client has two children, aged 10 and six, and that she is their sole carer.

She is in receipt of lone parents' allowance.

He said there were exemptions in the act based on humanitarian grounds and that his client had children to look after.

Mr French said the penalties applicable in the act for failure to comply were a month in prison and a fine of €2,000 and in this context it would be unjust to deny his client her liberty in a case involving "such a minor offence".

He added his client had no prior warrants and would be willing to abide by any quarantine and bail restrictions if allowed to reside on bail in her own bond at her home address.

Mr French said his client will be fully contesting the charges and challenging the constitutionality of the legislation.

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Kirstie McGrath

Kirstie McGrath

Kirstie McGrath

He said he was asking his client be granted bail and that the case be adjourned for two weeks in order that she can quarantine at home.

He added his client had not been aware of the legislation when she had left the jurisdiction and had provided three negative Covid tests in the last seven days.

Countering Mr French's argument, Insp Leacy said: "If this defendant is allowed to leave court today on bail with no conditions it would make a mockery of the act."

Having listened to the arguments, Judge Miriam Walsh said she would grant bail on a number of conditions.

These included bail in the defendant's own bond in the sum of €800, with a €500 cash lodgement together with an independent surety of €2,000 with a lodgement of €1,800 in cash.

She said the sureties were to be approved by a district court judge and that on taking up bail the defendant was to supply gardaí with a telephone number that would be kept on at all times.

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The almost eight-hour flight to Dubai

The almost eight-hour flight to Dubai

The almost eight-hour flight to Dubai

She further banned McGrath from international travel, except in the case of essential travel in line with the Covid guidelines, and ordered her to surrender her passport to An Garda Síochána.

On taking up bail, Judge Walsh ordered that McGrath must present herself to a quarantine hotel and reside there for 14 days, unless she can provide a negative PCR test after a 10-day stay at the facility.

Following on from an application for legal aid, Insp Leacy said gardaí would be making an application in this regard as McGrath had travelled to Dubai to obtain cosmetic surgery.

Asked what the purpose of his client's trip to Dubai had been, Mr French said he would write it down as he did not wish to say it out loud, in the interests of his client, with the media present.

"I want to know how cosmetic surgery qualifies as essential travel," the judge said.

After Mr French handed in a piece of paper with the details of the cosmetic surgery written down, Judge Walsh said: "Well, I'm going to say what it is. It was cosmetic surgery for the purposes of breast enhancement. That's essential travel!"

Judge Walsh deferred the application for legal aid and adjourned the case for re-entry at the Courts of Criminal Justice on April 9.

Following a deep clean of the court room, Niamh Mulreany was brought before the court next.

Insp Leacy said he would be again objecting to bail on similar grounds to that outlined in the previous case adding "the two individuals were together".

Appearing for Ms Mulreany also, Mr French said his client will be challenging the constitutionality of the legislation and a remand in custody would be disproportionate given the offence she is charged with carries a maximum prison sentence of one month.

He said his client was the mother of a seven-year-old child and had refused to go into quarantine as she needed to get home to look after her child.

He said she would agree to bail conditions requiring her to quarantine at home for two weeks and to check in with gardaí.

He said Mulreany also had provided three negative Covid-19 tests in course of the last week.

After hearing Mulreany had also travelled to Dubai to undergo breast augmentation, Judge Walsh responded that this was known 'colloquially as a boob job."

She imposed identical bail conditions to that which she had imposed on McGrath and remanded the accused in custody with consent to bail, on those conditions, to April 9.

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