Travel into Airports and Ports must not jeopardise efforts to reduce transmission of COVID-19 – Smith


Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Brendan Smith has said that it is unacceptable that more than a third of passengers arriving at Dublin Airport and a quarter of those coming into Dublin Port who were asked to self-isolate, did not respond to follow up check calls.

Deputy Smith said, “I was shocked to read reports in the news that people who were asked to self-isolate cannot be contacted. The medical advice is that anyone arriving into Ireland is to self-isolate for 14 days by staying indoors and avoiding contact with other people. We need to see more accountability in tracing people and ensuring the forms are truthfully completed by them before they leave the airport and ports.

“The Department of Justice confirmed that over 670 passengers who arrived at Dublin Airport over a six-day period did not complete the form at all. This is entirely unacceptable given the huge effort being made by the people of Ireland in complying with the restrictions.  

“The Department of Justice needs to ensure that people travelling into the State from these points of entry do not undermine our efforts to reduce transmission of COVID-19. The Department needs to put in place, without further delay, a mechanism to secure accountability for those people who have failed to return the forms. In short, we need a system to track visitors that ensures that the spread of the virus is contained,” concluded Deputy Smith.