-Minister must now ensure that ownership issues are resolved-
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport, Robert Troy TD has welcomed the confirmation that Rosslare Port will be a designated border inspection post (BIP) and that the provision of facilities at the Port has been approved.
The European Commission approved the facilities in order to make Rosslare an inspection point for the importation of products of animal origin for human consumption and products of animal origin not for human consumption, excluding bulk products and non-containerised liquids and oils.
Deputy Troy said, “The designation of Rosslare as an inspection post is a very welcome development for the underutilised port. This is something which I have raised on a number of occasions with the Minister, and nine days out from Brexit I am glad to see it finally happen.
“Rosslare is the second-busiest Irish port for “roll-on, roll-off” traffic. It handles 130,000 road freight units a year, the bulk of that – about 100,000 units – going in and out of Britain using the land bridge. Despite this, the Port itself has much unrealised potential.
“Four acres have been earmarked for the provision of 13 inspection bays for trucks, 35 truck parking spots and a dedicated border control post for live animals. The Commission has yet to approve Rosslare for the importation of live animals and this is something the Minster needs to engage with them on to ensure a positive outcome.
“Uncertainty remains as to the ownership and future of Rosslare. Rosslare is owned by the Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours Company which was established in 1898 under a UK statutory instrument. Its future is effectively controlled by the UK Government, which could dissolve the company tomorrow morning if it wanted to.
“While Minister Ross may have danced around this on a number of occasions, claiming that ownership was an issue, then it wasn’t an issue, he now needs to clarify it once and for all”, concluded Deputy Troy.