DUP leader asked for woman’s hotel quarantine bill in Republic to be waived

DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson made a representation to Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly on behalf of a constituent who complained about having to pay a bill for mandatory hotel quarantine in the Republic, newly released correspondence shows.

The constituent sought to have the €900 bill waived due to her belief that she should have been allowed travel to Northern Ireland for quarantine after she arrived at Dublin Airport.

Mr Donaldson emailed Mr Donnelly to raise the case last July.

The DUP leader outlined the woman’s criticism of her experience and how she “feels that she was treated poorly like a second-class citizen”.

The woman and her son were returning from a trip to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). She intended to travel on to Belfast while her son planned to go to Glasgow.

The constituent believed she would be able to undergo home quarantine in Northern Ireland and her son would be able to do the same in Scotland, having spent 11 nights and 12 days in Greece – an amber country under the UK’s rules for travel – on the way home.

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