9,500 passengers travelled through Dublin Aiport each day last week

The government has extended the advice against non-essential international travel until July 20. Picture: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

An average of 9,500 people departed from or arrived into Dublin Airport every day last week.

46,000 passengers travelled through the airport during the entire month of May.

The government has extended the advice against non-essential international travel until July 20.

Transport Minister Eamon Ryan has said that the government will look at targeted Covid testing at airports.

He pointed out that temperature tests don’t always catch the virus, but he felt that mandatory quarantine would not be feasible.

Speaking on RTÉ radio’s Today with Sarah McInerney show, the Green Party leader said that the current system of self isolation was working and it had managed to “flatten the curve.”

“We have to keep monitoring and we have to keep vigilant as numbers flying continue to increase.”

Mr Ryan said it would not be practical to impose mandatory quarantine regulations.

While such restrictions had worked in New Zealand, they would not work here as Ireland shares a land border with another country.

“We’re saying if you come into the country, you have to self isolate.”

The Minister pointed out that the mechanism for tracking people in self-isolation is going to change from a paper-based system to an electronic system using email and texts to keep in touch with people who have arrived in the country.

However, he said it was better to stay home and most people were abiding by this request.

That response from the public was what was going to win the battle against the virus, rather than policing.

“We have to work together.”

The priority should be on trying to restore the Irish tourism industry and to protect jobs, he said.

When asked about compensation for people who had to cancel their holidays, Mr Ryan said that if the trip was booked through a travel agent there was a guarantee of compensation if the holiday was cancelled.

When asked about his opinion of Cabinet colleague, Minister for Agriculture Barry Cowen, Mr Ryan said he wanted to give Mr Cowen the courtesy of reply which he would do through his statement to the Dáil this evening.

Mr Ryan acknowledged that while everyone made mistakes, they could sometimes damage one’s opinion of the person.

On the issue of leadership of the Green Party, Mr Ryan said he had the experience to lead the party for the next five years, but if he was not chosen as the next leader he would focus on his ministerial office and would serve under Catherine Martin in any capacity.

Additional reporting by Digital Desk

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