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Simon Coveney suggests that nations with large quantities of Irish people should not be added to quarantine list

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has stated that he does not agree with the government adding significant numbers of countries to the hotel quarantine list.

It is alleged that 43 countries have been recommended by health officials to add to the hotel quarantine list.

Concerns have been raised about the recommendations by government figures and Attorney General Paul Gallagher.

As well as disagreeing with the recommendations, Coveney added that countries with large numbers of Irish citizens should particularly be excluded while stating, “Because don’t forget, this is not primarily about non-Irish people coming to Ireland on their holidays or for something else. This is primarily about Irish people coming home.”

The concerns come from the possibility of the current system’s capacity not being able to accommodate such high numbers of people who want to travel to Ireland.

He is to meet with the health minister Stephen Donnelly to discuss the proposals today.

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