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Hotel Chain Offers Turned Away Backpackers Free Holiday In Ireland!

 

Updated : Jul 10, 2009

The three US backpackers who were refused entry into Ireland on the grounds they had insufficient funds have been offered an all-expenses-paid trip here by a hotel chain.

The trio are now in New Jersey, having returned to the US last Friday after being turned away at Dublin Airport the Independent reports.

Immigration control was unhappy the trio did not have bank statements to prove they could afford to travel, did not have return tickets, and did not have an accommodation address.

But the three lifelong friends, from Plano in Texas, have since waged a successful media campaign about their plight, arguing that Ireland was to be the first stop on a year-long trip but they never got the chance to prove it.

However, following an apology from an Irish government official based in New York, a Dublin hotel chain has offered to pay for their flights as well as hotel rooms, food and drinks for a week.

"It's a little bit up in the air at the moment as to when we will be going back over, but we're obviously delighted with the offer," Colin Zwirko (21) told the Irish Independent last night. "We're just waiting for confirmation that we're not black-listed from entering the country as our passports were marked, and then hopefully we can get going."

Mr Zwirko, along with Gavin Sides (19) and Ben Whitehurst (21), gave up his job to go travelling, and the trio had planned to spend up to a fortnight here.

"The female immigration officer was very abrupt," Mr Zwirko said. "I've never experienced anything like it."

VeryHappyPig is delighted the three lads will get to experience Irish hospitality first hand. However, VeryHappyPig cant help thinking if VHP turned up in the States without sufficient funds, birth cert, 3 years bank statements, a doctors note and my medical history this Pig wouldn’t even be allowed off the plane!

 

 

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