Fund­ing is needed for Ross­lare Euro­port – Howlin

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS - By Tim Ryan, Oireach­tas cor­re­spon­dent

ROSS­LARE Euro­port needs spe­cific fund­ing to com­plete the M11 ac­cess and to en­sure the port is re­con­fig­ured to deal with the new post-Brexit cir­cum­stances, Labour Party leader Bren­dan Howlin told the Dáil.

He asked the Tá­naiste Si­mon Coveney what contin­gency plan­ning is un­der way by the Gov­ern­ment for a no-deal Brexit in the event of that un­wel­come even­tu­al­ity.

Re­cently, he said there was an easterly wind which briefly closed Dublin Port and which caused traf­fic to be backed up from the port and out to­wards the air­port.

‘ This is the main en­trance and egress point for the bulk of our trade so we must have spe­cific plans to deal with the im­ports and ex­ports com­ing to and leav­ing this coun­try,’ he said.

In re­ply, Tá­naiste Si­mon Coveney said he brought an up­dated re­port to the Cab­i­net re­cent- ly, with the Min­is­ter for Fi­nance, Deputy Paschal Dono­hoe, on the state of pre­pared­ness re­gard­ing contin­gency mea­sures.

‘It is im­por­tant to say that those contin­gency plans are based on a cen­tral case sce­nario,’ he said. ‘ This as­sumes that we would have a tran­si­tion pe­riod for at least 21 months and that we would have a with­drawal agree­ment signed off and rat­i­fied.

‘Of course, if we have to put in place contin­gency plan­ning for a more urgent sit­u­a­tion in­volv­ing a no-deal Brexit, we have been work­ing for months on this, but we do not be­lieve that it is pru­dent to pub­lish any­thing in that re­gard.

‘I be­lieve that I have been pretty open on this with ev­ery­one who was on the Brexit stake­hold­ers’ fo­rum, which the Deputy is a mem­ber if, and I will con­tinue to be very open in that fo­rum.’

Bren­dan Howlin TD.

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