Urgent clarity sought from Govt on air travel arrangements coming in and out of the country – Mac Sharry

Published on: 17 April 2020


Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism, and Sport Marc Mac Sharry TD says urgent clarity is needed from the Government in terms of people travelling into the country through our Airports.

Deputy Mac Sharry explained, “On Monday of this week a flight carrying up to 200 people arrived into Dublin Airport transporting seasonal workers to be deployed on fruit farms. Understandably, this has caused some concern among the public given the strict public health measures we have all adhered in trying to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

“I have been in contact with a staff member in Dublin Airport who found the whole ordeal very stressful and this flight added unnecessary risk for frontline staff in Dublin Airport and the flight crew onboard.

“The Government urgently need to clarify what is and isn’t allowed in terms of the movement of people through our Airports. We do know Dublin Airport is still open for essential travel such as the Aerlingus flights to and from China to bring back PPE, medical personnel returning home to fight on the frontline – but questions have to be asked about seasonal workers or others moving through our Airports.

“I am calling on Minister Ross and the Government to immediately clarify the rules around travelling in and out of the State while the public health measures remain in place,” concluded Deputy Mac Sharry.

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