State should cover €1,875 cost of quarantine for Erasmus students

There are about 850 Irish students currently abroad on Erasmus that face a mandatory €1,875 hotel bill
State should cover €1,875 cost of quarantine for Erasmus students

The standard rate for one adult staying in one room for 12 nights of mandatory hotel quarantine is €1,875. Picture: Stephen Collins

The Government should cover the €1,850 cost of mandatory hotel quarantine for Erasmus students returning to Ireland, Ireland South MEP Billy Kelleher has said.

“Erasmus students went abroad last September, supported by their educational institutions, and in many situations, funded by the Irish State, in good faith,” The Fianna Fáil MEP said.

Some 850 Irish students are currently abroad on Erasmus. 

However, not all of them would be required to quarantine in a hotel, Mr Kelleher said, "so the cost to the State would be negligible.” 

The standard rate for one adult staying in one room for 12 nights of mandatory hotel quarantine is €1,875.

Billy Kelleher, MEP, believes the Government should cover the cost of mandatory hotel quarantine for Erasmus students.
Billy Kelleher, MEP, believes the Government should cover the cost of mandatory hotel quarantine for Erasmus students.

Kelleher was commenting after receiving representations from his party’s youth organisation, Ógra Fianna Fáil, requesting support for students on official Erasmus programmes.

“Ógra has suggested that the students’ sending institution i.e. their IT or university should pay the hotel bill up front, and then receive a refund from the Department of Higher Education.” 

“There is, I believe, significant merit in their proposal and it warrants discussion at government level.” 

Yesterday, a number of EU countries including France, Belgium and Italy, were added to the mandatory hotel quarantine list following a Cabinet meeting.

Any arrival who fails to adhere to mandatory quarantine rules could be fined as much as €4,000 and face up to a month in prison.

More in this section

War of Independence Podcast

A special four-part series hosted by Mick Clifford

Available on
www.irishexaminer.com/podcasts

Commemorating 100 years since the War of Independence

IE_logo_newsletters

Select your favourite newsletters and get the best of Irish Examiner delivered to your inbox

LOTTO RESULTS

Saturday, May 8, 2021

  • 2
  • 4
  • 14
  • 21
  • 41
  • 42
  • 28

Full Lotto draw results »