Doherty urged to use ‘influence in North’ on Covid travel laws


A Donegal Deputy is being urged to do what's in his gift to advise the Northern Ireland Assembly to mirror rules in the Republic around negative PCR testing.

The call came from the Tánaiste after accusations by Deputy Pearse Doherty that the Government was slow in the roll out of mandatory negative PCR testing for all post arrival international travel here while also 'moving at a snail's pace' when it comes to mandatory hotel quarantine.

While international travel is banned in the North along with the rest of the UK, people from Britain can still travel into Ireland without a negative PCR test by flying into Northern Irish airports and then travel across the border.

Speaking in the Dail Leo Varadkar says the area that's lagging is clearly Northern Ireland, and suggested the Sinn Fein Deputy use his influence on his Northern colleagues on same: