A Chilean woman, who came to Ireland to study English, has been describing her ordeal after she was detained by immigration officials and denied entry to the country.

Estefany Alquinta Gonzalez made the trip to Ireland from Denmark earlier this month.

The 33-year-old was denied entry on the grounds that she represented a real and immediate threat to the fundamental policy interests of the State.

Prior to coming to Ireland, Ms Gonzalez said she had been in contact with the Department of Foreign Affairs about her visit.

Speaking to RTÉ News today, Ms Gonzalez said: "So I had that conversation and I had printed it out and said to that person in immigration that I asked this before would I have any problem and they said no.

"He said 'maybe the person that you talked to didn't know what we are doing here in the airport'."

Ms Gonzalez was then transferred to the Dochas Centre at Mountjoy and spent the next 12 days in solitary confinement due to Covid-19 regulations.

"As the days went by, I started feeling safe - inside of the prison - but super anxious because I didn't know when I would leave the prison," Ms Gonzalez said.

On Tuesday, the High Court ordered an inquiry into Ms Gonzalez's detention and she was released from custody.

Solicitor Wendy Lyon from Abbey Law Solicitors said: "There's no policy that says people cannot be allowed in [to Ireland] especially if they have arranged a course or something to that effect. In fact, she was told if she had been a tourist, she would have been allowed in."

The Department of Justice said it will conduct a full review of what happened to Ms Gonzalez.

In a statement the Department said: "While the Department will not comment on this individual case, it is standard practice in the case of legal proceedings such as this to conduct a full review of what occurred and improve or amend any procedural or administrative arrangements, including in relation to arrangements with An Garda Síochána, so that the immigration service can continually improve how it conducts its business."