Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Questions (399)

Lisa Chambers


399. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if all the necessary infrastructure will be in place and be ready to be operationalised at Rosslare Port on 31 October 2019 in the event of a no-deal Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40665/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The Government has extensive preparations in place for a possible no-deal Brexit on 31 October 2019. The Office of Public Works has worked across Government with relevant agencies and Departments in delivering the necessary facilities for the additional agriculture, health and customs checks at Dublin Port, Dublin Airport and at Rosslare Europort. Rosslare Europort is operated on a commercial basis as a division of Iarnród Éireann.

In the case of Rosslare, a 16 acre temporary Border Inspection Post (BIP) and facilities has been designed and built by the OPW. Additional resources in Customs, Agriculture and Health have been recruited and trained by the relevant agencies to provide the necessary support and to ensure the efficient movement of freight and people through the port.

Communications literature and workshops have been completed and are on-going with state agencies and industry. Traffic Management plans are in place and being finalised for 31st October with state agencies, Wexford Co Council and the road haulage industry. As part of the preraredness arrangements, I am advised that a further stakeholder event, including ferry companies, haulage companies, the State agencies, and Wexford County Council is scheduled for later this week.

The longer term designs for permanent facilities are underway, and will link in with the Masterplan designs for the development of the port, also incorporating further improved road access and connections.