The community of Inis Mór, Aran is disappointed and angry, according to the chairman of Comharchumann Forbartha Árann, that the Government has not listened to advice received from local doctors about allowing the island to re-visit visitors.

Speaking on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, Micheál Ó Goill pointed out that there are no tourist facilities yet and no arrangements have been made to serve them.

He said many of the island’s businesses are still closed due to the crown virus crisis and businessmen between two councils are due to open again soon.

Minister of State for the Gaeltacht, Sean Kyne, claimed that it was because of the advice given to the Government by public health experts and the Attorney General that it was decided to allow people to travel to the islands again from next Monday.

One law could not be applied to the mainland and another law to be applied to the islands, he said.

He said he thinks the islands should be reopened gradually.