There was surprise, relief and delight among those leaving Mandatory Hotel Quarantine this evening at their unexpected early checkout.

It was announced this afternoon that the Mandatory Hotel Quarantine system would end immediately.

Jorde Barra from Santiago in Chile had spent seven days in the Holiday Inn Express in Santry before being told this afternoon that he was free to go.

The English language student was waiting outside the hotel to be picked up by his host family and said it was great news that he could now meet them earlier than planned.

"I was supposed to do 12 days so I'm feeling really great about leaving earlier. It's really great news," he said.

Stuart Hay, who is originally from Scotland but now resident in Brazil, was also delighted to be released after six days in the system.

Stuart Hay

He said both residents and staff were only informed of the development by letter this afternoon and that they were told that part of the fee they paid to stay in the hotel would be refunded.

"To be honest I'm not bothered about the refund I'd rather just get out," said Mr Hay.

Liam Herrick of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties welcomed the news and said lessons should be learned from the system.

"It was clear to the Council for some time that the system was no longer a justified or proportionate restriction on people's rights. So I think this is coming later than we would have liked but it's certainly very welcome now," said Mr Herrick.

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