A Roscommon TD is calling for antigen tests to be used on a pilot basis on flights between Ireland and the UK.

It comes as the Cabinet is due to consider changing the rules for travellers from Britain, amid concerns about the spread of the more contagious Delta variant, which originated in India and has become the dominant strain in the UK.

At present, travellers from Britain are requested to quarantine at a home address for 14 days on arrival here, but can exit quarantine with a negative PCR test result after 5 days.

The Cabinet will today (Tuesday) consider lifting self-quarantine requirements for traveller arriving here from Britain who are fully vaccinated, but for those not vaccinated, the minimum quarantine requirement could be extended to 10 days, even with a negative test result.

Roscommon-based Sinn Fein TD Claire Kerrane says there are concerns about the spread of the Delta variant, due to the amount of travel between the UK and Ireland, even though only essential travel is currently allowed.

Speaking with Midwest News, she said we need to ensure people here are protected from this new variant, as much as possible.....