The high Court is due to rule next month on budget airline Ryanair’s legal challenge against the Irish government’s Covid-19 travel restrictions.
The airline brought the legal proceedings against An Taoiseach, Ireland and the Attorney General.
The airline claims the measures “amount to international travel restrictions” and are “unlawful”. The carrier also claims that the retractions caused “disproportionate interference of it and its passengers’ rights”.
It is also challenging the requirement that persons returning to the state from countries not on the designated list, known as the green list, to restrict their movements and self-isolate for a period of 14 days.
Ryanair further claims the restrictions are also unconstitutional and breach various Health Acts, the European Convention of Human Rights and the European Charter of Fundamental Rights.
In response, the Irish government say they oppose the action and claim that the measures implemented are not mandatory but are advisory in nature saying the restrictions do not impose a legal restriction on travel in and out of the country, have been reviewed regularly, and are not binding in nature.
Aer Lingus, which is a notice party to the proceedings, supports Ryanair’s action.