The owner of a Dublin beauty salon has been reportedly arrested after opening for treatments during the Level 5 lockdown.

Christine McTiernan, owner of C&N Beauty Room in Balbriggan, opened her salon to customers on Tuesday and again today.

She said she could no longer afford to stay shut due as bills piled up.

Christine McTiernan, C&N Beauty Room

Gardaí arrived at the salon on Tuesday, but Ms McTiernan reopened the doors again this morning. She was arrested this morning and brought to Balbriggan Garda Station in related to breaches of the Health Act.

A GoFundMe launched by Ms McTiernan’s daughter has collected over €1,400 so far to cover any fines that may be issued.

Level Five restrictions say all non-essential retail and services including hairdressers, beauticians, and barbers must remain closed.

In a statement posted on Instagram last week, Ms McTiernan said she never thought she would be going against guidelines to reopen.

She said: “The decision isn’t about greed or selfishness, it’s about survival and keeping the salon a float. After six years of hard work keeping the salon going I don’t want to see the doors shut for good. Apologies if this offends or upsets anyone with this decision but this is my livelihood.”