Mary Lou McDonald criticises government's 'half-baked' mandatory quarantine plan
Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald criticises the government's 'half-baked' mandatory quarantine plan, saying 'people can't go five kilometres from their home, but have to watch as up to 10,000 people a week arrive here from abroad, many of which are non-essential trips.'
"We have a half-baked plan. We're left vulnerable to the importation of the virus, and to further dangerous variants." Mary Lou McDonald said to Taoiseach Micheál Martin.
"We need a system of real mandatory quarantine for all non-essential arrivals from all countries... It will send a message to international travels that now is not the time to come here."
The Taoiseach responded by saying that Ireland was the first country in the EU that introduced mandatory hotel quarantine.