Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Ceisteanna (81, 83)

Robert Troy

Ceist:

81. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if lands proximate to Dublin Port and Rosslare Europort have been identified for purchase in the event of a no-deal Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3131/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Lisa Chambers

Ceist:

83. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if a timetable and schedule of works has been drawn up for Dublin Port, Rosslare Port and Dublin Airport that details when they expect works to be completed to prepare for Brexit, including in the event of a no-deal Brexit and a Brexit deal and a transition period until December 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3261/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 81 and 83 together.

On the 19 December 2018 the Government published its Contingency Action Plan which gives an overview of the comprehensive, cross-Government preparations that are underway.  Preparations will continue on the central case scenario, in which a Withdrawal Agreement is concluded between the EU and the UK.  Preparations have now been extended to include the scenario in which the UK leaves with no agreement.  This includes putting in place the infrastructure required at ports and airports in both scenarios.

The Office of Public Works has been mandated to secure the property required at Dublin Port and Rosslare Europort and to undertake the necessary work to ensure that the additional infrastructure required as a consequence of the UK leaving the EU becomes operational in a timely manner.  This work is ongoing.

The existing facilities in Dublin Airport are sufficient in the event of a no deal Brexit.  Detailed design is ongoing to provide an enhanced facility to be in place in a central case scenario.