1409. Deputy Darren O'Rourke asked the Minister for Justice the number of checks An Garda Síochána undertook in 2021 before mandatory hotel quarantine was in place to check if persons that travelled here from designated countries were quarantining in their home; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [18898/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): As the Deputy will be aware, An Garda Síochána is responsible for policing the public health regulations made under the Health Act 1947. As Minister, I have no direct role in these operational matters, which are the responsibility of the Garda Commissioner and his management team.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that An Garda Síochána has been receiving information from the Department of Health since 24 February 2021 on persons whose compliance with a requirement to quarantine at home after arriving into the State could not be established. Checks are currently being conducted in a number of divisions on a pilot basis.
Up to the 25 March 2021, the day before mandatory hotel quarantine was introduced, 902 such quarantine checks had been completed.