Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2100)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

2100. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the amount allocated in each year and expended since June 2016 on upgrading infrastructure at Dublin and Rosslare ports to prepare for the possibility of the UK becoming a third country with the European Union and increased export certification as well as sanitary and phytosanitary controls required in tabular form. [34252/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

My Department has been actively participating in a whole-of-Government approach to preparedness and contingency planning for Brexit. We have fed into the overall Government Contingency Action Plan and the updated Plan which was published earlier this month.

We have also been working very closely with colleagues in other Departments and agencies to address, in particular, the requirements that will arise in relation to the implementation of controls on animals, plants and animal and plant products coming from, and going to, the UK post Brexit.

Throughout all this work, the focus of my Department has been on the need to discharge its legal responsibilities while ensuring the minimum disruption to trade.

OPW is engaged in the provision of infrastructure at Dublin and Rosslare ports on behalf of all Government Departments/Agencies. My Department has not been allocated funding in any of the years since 2016 for the upgrade of infrastructure at either Dublin or Rosslare ports.