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Dublin Airport update as Ryanair won’t stop children with Covid from boarding its planes

CEO Michael O’Leary criticised the Government’s plans for the return of international travel by claiming they were ‘bonkers’ and ‘anti-family’

Ryanair will not stop children who test positive for Covid from boarding its planes according to CEO Michael O’Leary.

He criticised the Government’s plans for the return of international travel by claiming they were “bonkers” and “anti-family”.

International travel is set to reopen on July 19 when Ireland rolls out the EU Digital Covid certificate.

The cert will allow people to travel anywhere in the EU if they are vaccinated, have recovered from Covid in the last 180 days or provide a negative Covid test.

And with families desperate to go abroad, Mr O’Leary said Ryanair would be happy to let a child with virus fly if Irish rules allowed

He told Newstalk: “Let me put it this way, I would be perfectly happy to sit beside that passenger.

“Me wearing my mask, even though I am vaccinated and them wearing their mask, even though they are not vaccinated

“The chances of spreading Covid on a plane where the passengers and crew are vaccinated are very small.”

He said that children who have Covid are extremely low-risk.

“If they get Covid who are they going to spread it to in this country?”

“They are not going to spread it to the elderly or to any of the vulnerable risk groups.

“They may spread it to children under 25 who are highly unlikely to suffer any serious illness and certainly won’t be hospitalised as a result.

“We have to learn to live with Covid the way the 27 other EU member states are now living with Covid.

“We are running around with NPHET spreading the variant stories and keeping us locked up for longer than any other EU country.”

The Department of Transport confirmed that children aged seven to 18 need a negative PCR before arrive back to Ireland, and most EU countries will also require a negative PCR test on arrival.

Children travelling abroad from Ireland will not need to sit a test for the outbound journey – but the problems will begin when they come home.

Those under 18 will have to quarantine for 14 days on their return to Ireland, according to Mr O’Leary.

He said: “It is an anti-family rule that Eamon Ryan is presiding over because he hasn’t given any thought to it and they don’t have a clue as to how the system will operate.”

“To come back home to Ireland, children – I think it is over seven and under 18 but it could be over 12 and under 18 – need to get a PCR test in Spain.

“Then they are expected to quarantine when they come back here to Ireland.

“So, the parents are free to travel but the children have to be quarantined and get a negative PCR test – all of which is bonkers.”

By Amy Donohoe
09/07/2021
www.dublinlive.ie