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Regrettably that is one tricky situation with the retained right of residence. It is only applicable to you to live in the EEA country that granted it to you and in your case England, Wales and N.Ireland. The Republic of Ireland will want you to be travelling with the EEA family national or to be joining them in Ireland. You simply have to appeal to their understanding and to explain that you are no longer together and cannot travel together but whether they let you on flight wiill depend solely on their discretion. I am really sorry I do not have good new but i have to give you accurate guidance otherwise they let you in and you are deported at the port of entry when you get to ireland which is worse.
The position is that if you are not an EEA national you must have a valid visa to enter a specific country. If you are a family member of an EEA national you ought to travel with them or to joing them. The Irish department of justice confirms that with your residence card or confirmation in a member state you may use it to accompany or join your family member in Ireland. so the airline is correct i am afraid in this case. I am sorry
It doesnt sorry because that is a national scheme for England, Wales and Scotland and N.Ireland which is a policy decision to facilitate settlement of eea nationals and their families after Brexit. It is not an EEA wide policy and Ireland will not have an obligation to recognise it. The only way you will not need to travel with the EEA family member is if after your settled status you acquire british citizenship.
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