Gardaí believe that due to the current interpretation of the law, those who travel abroad for dental appointments cannot be prevented from doing so.
According to current law, the offence occurs at the point of departure and that it would be difficult to issue a fine at a later date even if the individual did not show up to their appointment as they could have been too sick to attend.
This comes after a dental practice located in Tenerife stated that it had received many bookings from Irish customers but that a number of them failed to show up to their appointment.
Additionally, many of these customers requested written proof of their appointment to show gardaí why they were travelling abroad. Gardaí don’t believe that they have the power to stop people from travelling abroad if they present proof of a medical appointment.
However, gardaí are still considering whether they should seek the list of names of those who failed to be present at their appointment.