A Dublin salon owner has appeared in court after being charged for breaching coronavirus legislation.
It is alleged that C& N Beauty Rooms on Dublin Street in Balbriggan opened for business on Wednesday morning.
Salon owner Christine McTiernan, 48, of Ashfield Rise in Balbriggan was arrested when Gardaí arrived a short time later.
She appeared before Swords District Court on Wednesday afternoon, charged under the Health Act and was released on bail.
On Wednesday Ms McTiernan said she planned to open her doors because she could no longer survive without earning a living.
A fund has been set up to help her meet the cost of any fines or legal proceedings.
Her protest comes as Taoiseach Micheal Martin announced another five weeks of Level 5 lockdown, insisting this will be the last shutdown and the end is in sight.
Meanwhile a new study claims Ireland is under “the strictest” lockdown regime in the Western world – yet our airports are open and quarantine is not enforced.
Business owners have hit out at the Government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic after Cabinet agreed to keep the country in lockdown until at least April 5.
The Restaurants Association of Ireland expressed extreme disappointment at the Government’s announcement of the revised plan for living with Covid-19.
Adrian Cummins, CEO of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, said: “The sector has been closed almost a year now and has complied with restrictions and lockdowns preventing businesses and employees for being able to work and to earn a living. They are now tiring and running out of money and in need of sight of the end goal.”
He continued: “If we are all in this together why are we, the public, businesses and employees not being informed of the plan for reopening sectors?
“What metrics are being used, be they vaccinated people, hospital admissions, the R number? What do we all, as a society need to work towards to safely reopen again?
“Until that day what meaningful supports will be offered to businesses who simply cannot trade and are keeping banks and landlords at bay?”
On Monday Taoiseach Micheal Martin confirmed a dreaded extension of the Level 5 lockdown until April 5 at least. But he vowed it would be the last lockdown, adding: “The end is now truly in sight.”
Lockdown fatigue is now at its highest with mental health experts warning of devastating long-term issues caused by the pandemic.
There has also been widespread criticism of the Government’s failure to adopt models used elsewhere and its reluctance to enforce mandatory quarantine.