Two mums arrested after refusing to quarantine on arriving back from a trip to Dubai to get boob jobs are being treated “worse than animals”, it has been claimed.
Kirstie McGrath and Niamh Mulreany – dubbed the Dubai Two – were detained at Dublin Airport and charged before being forced into isolation at a hotel after being briefly held in prison.
They had travelled to the United Arab Emirates to get breast and belly fat procedures, paid for as birthday gifts.
Seven members of the gardai police have also been put into quarantine after Kirstie is understood to have tested positive for Covid on Monday, reports the Irish Mirror.
Niamh’s mum Sabrina, a frontline worker, said: “Niamh and Kirstie are being made examples of, it’s as simple as that and the question has to be asked why?
“When those girls got on to the plane in Dubai they did not have Covid-19. The girls left Ireland on the morning of March 24 and the new rules on quarantining did not come in until March 26, two days later so why is this happening?
“These two girls are not statistics and what is happening is having an awful affect on them.
“They are being treated worse than animals – this is a complete circus.”
Mum-of-one Niamh, 25, of Scarlett Row, Dublin, and mum-of-two Kirstie, 30, from Rialto, were given the flights as birthday presents by their families and friends.
However, neither had the procedures they went out for.
When they flew home to Dublin Airport last Friday they allegedly refused to go into mandatory hotel quarantine and were arrested for breaches to the Health Act.
After appearing in court on Saturday, they were detained at Dochas women’s prison because they could not fund bonds and sureties for bail.
On Sunday their bail conditions were relaxed so they could quarantine at a hotel.
Sabrina said: “They were left walking the streets of a foreign city for two days without any money and any help or guidance from the authorities there.
“The girls have done nothing wrong. They didn’t break any rules and followed all guidance.
“Why are they being made examples of and why not those who gave vaccines to people who were not yet entitled to them?
“They checked with the airline they were travelling to Dubai with and Government authorities as to what guidelines they had to follow.
“They were told they were allowed to travel as long as they had negative PCR tests and medical documentation explaining why they were leaving the country. They followed all the guidelines they were told to do.
“They were kept in awful conditions in prison and left in a Garda van for almost four hours in the heat prior to their court appearance on Saturday as they could not enter the court house due to Covid-19 restrictions.
“Both girls are suffering psychologically as we all are.”
Both women received an additional Covid-19 PCR test and an antibody exam when they entered the women’s prison on Saturday night.
Niamh’s test results have not yet been received by her, but Kirstie’s is understood to have returned a positive.
The friends are sharing a double room at the quarantine hotel where they are staying.
As a result the parents of Ms Mulreany said that they had asked the Department of Health for independent PCR tests to be carried out on the girls on Monday evening.
These were granted and a GP was to be allowed to enter the hotel at 7.30am yesterday. However, at 1.11am legal representatives were told this had been stopped.
In correspondence from the quarantine hotel where the friends are staying, the girl’s parents were told “access to the mandatory quarantine facility is not approved”.
The letter adds; “The HSE as the person approved by the Minister for Health to conduct RT-PCR tests with the applicable travellers in designated facilities under section 38 of the Health Act.
“The Minister has not designated or approved any person other than the HSE to conduct RT-PCR tests.
“There is no entitlement accruing to persons in quarantine to have RT-PCR tests conducted by anyone other than the HSE.
“In the circumstance the Department of Health cannot agree to the facilitation of a privately sourced PCR test.”