Covid-19: Son of dying man released from hotel quarantine

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image captionThe High Court heard that Derek Jennings' father is in a critical condition

An Irish man who flew home from Israel to be with his dying father has been released from quarantine after launching a legal challenge.

Derek Jennings, 47, had been in mandatory quarantine after flying into Ireland on Friday.

His father, who has been diagnosed with cancer, is currently in intensive care.

On Sunday, the High Court in Dublin was told Mr Jennings' father was in a critical condition and may die at any stage.

Currently people travelling from more than 30 countries must undergo mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days at their own cost.

The court directed that there should be an inquiry into Mr Jennings' mandatory quarantine, RTÉ reports.

He was subsequently released after the court received more documentation from his lawyers.

'Disproportionate and unlawful

It is understood that a healthcare worker who challenged her mandatory quarantine after arriving from Israel will also be released today.

Inbar Aviezar's case was due back at the High Court on Monday. Her lawyers had argued her detention was disproportionate and unlawful.

Earlier, the High Court was told that Mr Jennings' travel to Israel was certified as necessary by his employer and that he was fully vaccinated against Covid-19 while in Israel.

He has also received a series of negative tests for Covid-19, including a negative result this morning.

Mr Jennings' father was diagnosed with cancer in 2019 and the court was told it was feared at that stage he had only months to live.

He collapsed last Wednesday and has since been in intensive care.

The court heard that Mr Jennings had appealed against his quarantine twice before, the second time after the Irish government removed Israel from the list of states from which travellers must enter quarantine. Both appeals were denied.

His lawyers argued that there are compelling humanitarian considerations in the case and that the court should direct an inquiry into the legality of his continued enforced quarantine at a hotel near Dublin Airport.