Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Questions (393)

Lisa Chambers


393. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of contingency plans at Dublin Port in the event of a hard Brexit; if the systems that have been put in place to deal with Brexit at the port have been subject to testing by external experts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40516/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The Government’s Contingency Action Plan of July 2019 outlined the interagency works underway by Revenue Commissioners, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, the Department of Health, HSE Environmental Health Service, and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland to ensure optimal goods trade traffic flows at our key ports and airports.

This work is advanced and I understand that the Revenue Commissioners are leading on the necessary IT changes for October 2019 readiness. Testing of the robustness of the proposed inter-agency arrangements by the relevant agencies is continuing. In addition, the testing of traffic flows in the Port is also underway. An inter-department group, under the Chair of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, is in place to coordinate this work.