Published on : Thursday, October 13, 2016
Dara Murphy said that Ireland is not in favour of screening EU citizens coming to the country for their onward travel plans on behalf of the UK. Mr Murphy added that he doesn’t think enhanced security measures will be necessary at Ireland’s ports and airports; moreover, he insisted that there is no threat of a Calais-type refugee situation arising in border areas.
The Government played down as “speculative” a report that Britain is looking to shift frontline immigration controls to Irish ports of entry to maintain an open border between the North and South.
London and Dublin would work to boost Ireland’s external borders to tackle illegal immigration, after the UK leaves the European Union as Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire reportedly confirmed.
Mr Murphy welcomed Mr Brokenshire’s views about the importance of maintaining the Common Travel Area (CTA), but stressed EU nationals will still have access to the Republic of Ireland, and the nature of this access should not change.
UK might change their rules on how people will move but Irish border control officers would not be asking EU nationals if they planned to travel onwards to the UK.
But Finance Minister Michael Noonan said having immigration controls at the country’s ports and airports is the next step in order to avoid a hard border on the island. However, the controls will not be anything exceptionally more than what is currently in place. Presently, the travellers are only needed to show their passports.