The Irish Council for Civil Liberties has said there needs to be clear minimum standards and a system of inspections for the mandatory hotel quarantine system.

ICCL CEO Liam Herrick said while there is an assessment of health needs being carried out on people entering mandatory hotel quarantine, it is not clear if these are taking into account the rights and needs of children and families 

Responding to complaints about the conditions in the first facility which began operating here on Friday, he said Ireland already has a poor record when responding to children's rights and there are already issues with families in the care of the state being accommodated in hotel rooms

He said this was why clear standards, a proper inspection system and a review process are necessary.  

The comments come after a family of five lost an appeal against their mandatory hotel quarantine after they claimed the facilities are not fit for purpose.

In a statement the Department of Health said it does not comment on individual cases but it said its in constant contact with the Tifco Hotel Group about all issues relating to the management of mandatory hotel quarantine. 

Meanwhile, the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors said there needs to be clear operational guidelines for gardaí involved in the mandatory hotel quarantine process. 

AGSI General Secretary Antionette Cunningham said the events at the Crowne Plaza in Dublin yesterday show that when issues arise with mandatory hotel quarantine it falls on gardaí to enforce non-compliance with the health regulations.

She called on the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly to fully acknowledge the role that gardaí must play in the system and for gardaí involved in the process to be vaccinated immediately.

Ms Cunninhgham said AGSI has been informed that private security and defence force members involved in hotel quarantining have, or are in the process, of being vaccinated.

"This leaves our members exposed in a high-risk environment where there is a serious risk to their health and safety and that is unfair and not good enough," she said.