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Quarantine breach Probe as three people flee mandatory quarantine hotel in north Dublin

It is understood that the hotel in question is the Crown Plaza in Santry

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The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry near Dublin Airport.

The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry near Dublin Airport.

The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry near Dublin Airport.

Three people have absconded from a Dublin hotel being used as a mandatory quarantine facility, it has emerged.

It's understood they absconded while on a smoking break outside, with one person located and searches ongoing for two others.

Sources said that three men, who had arrived on a flight from Dubai, were outside The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry smoking under supervision when they attempted to abscond.

One of the men returned voluntarily but two others left the premises. One is an Irish national and another is on a UK passport, it is understood.

Gardaí were notified that three people had left the quarantine facility at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Saturday afternoon and attended the scene. Gardaí are understood to be liaising with the Defence Forces on site and involved in searches.

“As the Department of Health are the lead agency in relation to the management of mandatory quarantining, An Garda Síochána will not be commenting further at this time,” gardai added.

The Department of Health declined to comment on the incident but said in a statement: "It is a criminal offence if you don't fulfil the legal requirement to present for mandatory hotel quarantine, if you resist being brought to quarantine or if you leave a designated facility without authorisation.

"A person found guilty of these or other relevant offences is liable for a fine of up to €2,000, imprisonment for 1 month, or both.

"An Garda Síochána will investigate any suspected offences and enforce these laws."

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly confirmed this week that it is an offence for people to exit the hotel before the official end of their quarantine.

“It is an offence to leave, so what would happen is the hotel operator would contact the gardaí and they intervene,” he said.

The travellers are required to stay 12 nights at the quarantine hotel.

The first passengers to be quarantined flew into Dublin Airport from Dubai at 11.25am on Friday. The DAA confirmed that the flight had a total of 20 passengers.

Guests are be supervised by private security during their stay and will be permitted to go outside for air and exercise once they present a negative PCR test.

Mandatory quarantine applies to all passengers travelling from, or transiting through, designated high risk states, regardless of nationality, as well as passengers who arrive from any location not in receipt of a negative RT-PCR test taken 72 hours prior of their arrival in Ireland.

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A member of the defence forces directs a passenger arriving at Dublin Airport from one of 33 high risk countries who will be transported to a mandatory 12-day hotel quarantine
Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A member of the defence forces directs a passenger arriving at Dublin Airport from one of 33 high risk countries who will be transported to a mandatory 12-day hotel quarantine Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A member of the defence forces directs a passenger arriving at Dublin Airport from one of 33 high risk countries who will be transported to a mandatory 12-day hotel quarantine Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

However, once these passengers then provide a negative PCR test they can conduct their quarantine at home.

Travellers are expected to pay for their quarantine service. According to the portal that went live during the week, the rate for a standard package of 12 nights inclusive of all services for one adult is €1875.

The additional rate for one adult sharing or a child over 12 is €625 and the additional rate for a child sharing aged 4-12 is €360. Infants under 3 years of age are free.

The day rate for those entering the country from non-designated states with without a negative PCR test starts at €150.

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