Police investigate alleged rape of female soldier at Covid quarantine hotel in Ireland
- Female soldier told police she was raped at a quarantine hotel in Dublin on Monday
- Suspect is believed to be a male colleague, although no arrests have been made
- Armed forces help run Irish Covid hotels, where travelers from risk countries and those without negative tests are detained for at least 10 days
Police in Ireland are investigating an alleged rape at a Covid quarantine hotel.
A female soldier told police she was attacked Monday night by a male colleague at a Dublin hotel used to isolate travelers from risk countries.
Police were notified Tuesday morning and have cordoned off part of the hotel while collecting evidence, including CCTV and interviewing possible witnesses.
No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.
Police are investigating after a female soldier claimed to have been raped by a male colleague at an Irish Covid quarantine hotel (file image)
It is thought that the two soldiers did not seclude themselves in the hotel but helped run the quarantine system, police said. Irish Times.
Ireland’s Covid border restrictions mean that anyone arriving from high-risk countries such as India, Russia and South Africa or who cannot produce a negative PCR test on arrival will have to isolate themselves in a hotel for at least 10 days.
Isolation can be extended if a person refuses to take a test or tests positive during their stay.
A police spokesman said: “Gardaí is investigating allegations of an attack on a hotel in the south of the city. Investigations are underway.’
The Irish Defense Forces have also confirmed that they are aware of the legal complaint.
“As the matter is the subject of an ongoing Garda investigation, it is inappropriate and not possible for us to comment further,” the spokesperson added.
Ireland is in the process of reopening its economy after a majority of the population was vaccinated, allowing for easing of lockdowns.
Ireland is currently easing its Covid restrictions after a majority of people were vaccinated, but arrivals from high-risk countries still have to quarantine in hotels (file image)
Pubs and restaurants were allowed to resume indoor service this week, which is the closest the country has returned to normal since the start of the pandemic.
Many pubs, especially those without food, have been closed since March 2020.
Those wishing to drink or eat inside will need to prove they have been vaccinated or recovered from Covid within the past 180 days.
Ireland has overseen one of the fastest vaccination campaigns in Europe, with 67 percent of adults fully vaccinated.
The country is now on track to surpass the number of double-punched adults in the UK – which also ran one of the fastest rides – sometime in the coming week.
And, as an important step towards herd immunity, ministers have said vaccines will be offered to anyone aged 12 to 18.
The UK also offers jabs for people over 12, but only in certain circumstances where they or someone in their household is vulnerable to Covid.
Ireland has suffered a total of 295,000 cases of Covid and 5,000 deaths.