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Eamon Ryan: International holidays will be allowed in “months rather than weeks”

According to Minister for Climate and Transport, Eamon Ryan, non-essential foreign travel could be allowed for people with vaccine passports, but even allowing that would take “months rather than weeks”, and could be postponed again.

The Minister said that while he could envisage a scenario where Irish citizens with a vaccine passport or certificate could travel for non-essential reasons, that wouldn’t be on the cards for months yet.

Speaking on both Newstalk and RTÉ radio this week, Ryan said he did not intend to give exact dates as to when travel abroad may be allowed, so as not to raise people’s hopes or expectations.

“We don’t want to say ‘you can start this date’ and people are going to book for it and then you might have another wave and it stops again,” he said.

“I think we’re better on getting this gradual — slowly but surely and steadily — transition out of the covid arrangements we’re in and make sure what we put in place then is on a really stable basis.”

Ryan said that he would be meeting with airlines soon to discuss the matter.

These comments follow the Minister’s statement that the government had a goal of intentionally increasing the cost of plane tickets so as to discourage overseas flights, ostensibly to prevent climate change, even saying that “€10 flights will be a thing of the past”.

This week Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said that even June was “too soon” for so-called “non-essential” international travel.

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