Case adjourned for two Irish women returning from Dubai who challenged constitution over quarantine

Women arrested at Dublin Airport for breaches to Health Act

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 29: A view of security at Dublin airport on March 29, 2021 in Dublin, Ireland. Last week, Ireland started requiring travelers from 33 high-risk countries to be shuttled to a mandatory 12-day hotel quarantine. Over the weekend, three quarantined travelers absconded from their hotel, forcing authorities to track them down. (Photo by Donall Farmer/Getty Images)
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A constitutional challenge by two women who were arrested for refusing to enter quarantine in a hotel after returning from Dubai has been adjourned to next month.

Niamh Mulreany, 25, and Kirstie McGrath, 30, were arrested at Dublin Airport on their return for breaches to the Health Act on April 2.

The arrest and court action resulted in a constitutional challenge against the state over the mandatory hotel quarantine laws.

Ms Mulreany and Ms McGrath were released from Mountjoy Prison after the terms of their bail from the District Court were varied to allow them to enter hotel quarantine after the High Court challenge was initiated.

After serving the mandatory quarantine period in the hotel, they were released.

The women, both mothers, travelled to Dubai for cosmetic procedures that they did not have.

Their constitutional challenge case has yet to be heard.

It was mentioned briefly before Mr Justice Charles Meenan on Tuesday when he was told their lawyers were seeking an extension of time to file a further application.

Lawyers for state parties, including the Director of Public Prosecutions, said they also needed time to file papers.

The judge adjourned the matter to May 11.