Sligo family lose appeal over conditions in mandatory quarantine

A Sligo family of five has lost their appeal over the conditions of their rooms during mandatory quarantine.

Michelle O’Dowd has returned to Ireland from Australia, with her family, to work as a nurse.

The family, who are originally from Easkey, are required to stay in hotel quarantine at the Crown Plaza in Santry, Dublin or face a fine, jail time or both.

Michelle say she was ‘absolutely appalled by the size of the rooms’ saying they were given just three beds and that there is not enough room to eat meals or exercise.

According to government issued guidelines, the rate for 1 adult in 1 room for 12 days is €1,875, an additional rate for 1 adult sharing or child over 12 is €625 and the rate for children sharing aged between 4 and 12 is €360; people must cover the cost themselves.

Speaking to OceanFM News from her hotel room in Dublin, Michelle says she absolutely agrees with mandatory quarantine and any measures that will help keep people safe, but basic standards must be met.

Speaking to Niall Delaney on North West Today earlier this week ahead of the families arrival, Fianna Fail TD, Marc MacSharry says a common sense approach is needed.