Two women who refused to go into hotel quarantine after arriving home from Dubai have been remanded in custody with consent to bail.
One of the bail conditions is that they present themselves for hotel quarantine at a State approved facility immediately upon their release.
Kirstie McGrath, 30, of St Anthony's Road, Rialto in Dublin, was arrested at Dublin Airport at 2.50pm yesterday afternoon.
Garda Robbie Barber of Dublin Airport Garda Station gave evidence to Judge Miriam Walsh of being called to Terminal 2 at 1pm.
He said he engaged with Ms McGrath and explained to her in plain language the consequences of refusing to go into quarantine.
He said he gave her plenty of opportunities to make phone calls and to consider the matter before arresting her and bringing her to Ballymun Garda Station.
She has been charged with resisting going into mandatory quarantine under the Health Act 2021.
Niamh Mulreany , 25, of Scarlet Row, Essex Street West in Dublin, was also arrested at Dublin Airport at 2.50pm.
Garda Karl Carroll gave evidence of being called to Terminal 2 at 1pm and of engaging with her and warning her of the consequences of refusing to go into quarantine. She has been charged with breach of the quarantine regulations under the Health Act 2021.
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Inspector Luke Lacey of the Airport Garda Station objected to bail on behalf of the State saying it would make a mockery of legislation brought in to protect the State from new variants of coronavirus.
Michael French, solicitor who represented both women, said his clients will be challenging the constitutionality of the legislation and remand in custody would be disproportionate given the offence they are charged with carries a maximum prison sentence of one month.
He also said his clients, who had travelled to Dubai for breast enhancements, were not aware of the regulations before they travelled.
He said Kirstie McGrath is mother to two young children aged six and 10 and there is no one else to take care of them.
He said Niamh Mulreany is mother to 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 both women would agree to bail conditions which required them to quarantine at home for two weeks, to check in with gardaí and he could not see why the State would not agree to this. He said both women had provided three negative Covid-19 tests in the last week.
Judge Miriam Walsh said she would grant bail under the following conditions:
That each woman provided €800 own bail, €500 in cash and an independent surety of €2,000, of which €1,800 would be in cash; the surety to be approved by a District Court Judge and the surety account frozen at €200.
The women would each have to undertake not to leave the jurisdiction except for essential purposes as outlined in the health regulations, to surrender their passports and to present themselves at a State approved quarantine facility upon their release.
They would have to stay there for 14 days unless they provided a negative PCR test after 10 days.
They were remanded to appear at the District Court at the Criminal Courts of Justice on Friday 9 April.