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Ireland Gardai will not be deployed for customs checks along border in no-deal Brexit - Charlie Flanagan

14:20  09 october  2019
14:20  09 october  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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Mr Flanagan said the gardai would continue to be available in the region to combat terrorism and border -related crime including smuggling. He said nobody was better placed than Garda Commissioner Drew Harris to be in a position to determine what was required in terms of Border policing.

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said he did not “envisage” gardaí would be involved in any Gardaí will not be deployed to carry out checks along the Northern Irish border in the event of a Speaking at Wednesday’s announcement of the department’s 2020 budgetary allocation, Charlie

a group of people walking through a parking lot: A file photograph from 2011 of interaction between the PSNI and gardai on the border. Photo: Mark Condren A file photograph from 2011 of interaction between the PSNI and gardai on the border. Photo: Mark Condren

Gardaí will not be deployed in manning customs checkpoints along the Border in the event of a “hard” Brexit deal.

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan made clear today that neither he nor the rest of the Government envisaged a return to the “tougher, heavily armed” garda patrolling of the Border that existed in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

A similar stance has been adopted on the northern side of the Border by the PSNI Chief Constable, Simon Byrne.

Mr Flanagan said the gardaí would continue to be available in the region to combat terrorism and border-related crime including smuggling.

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Mr Flanagan was attacked by the Opposition for failing to reveal how many extra gardaí will be deployed in border counties as the likelihood of a no - deal Tanaiste Simon Coveney has repeatedly insisted Ireland is not preparing for a no - deal , but other Government sources say otherwise, insisting

Supporters say custom checks could be done at warehouses before lorries set off. Mobile phone technology or microchips on lorries, would track goods No-one has started building border posts and the UK and Irish governments say they do not want a hard border . So there is a very real question, in

He said nobody was better placed than Garda Commissioner Drew Harris to be in a position to determine what was required in terms of Border policing.

He said an additional 150 gardaí had been sent to the region in the past two years and that policy would continue while the provision of a third armed support unit, located in Cavan, was a big boost to the other units, based in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, and Dundalk, Co Louth.

Charles Flanagan wearing a suit and tie: Charlie Flanagan (Brian Lawless/PA) Charlie Flanagan (Brian Lawless/PA)

The minister emphasised that the greatest threat to the security of the State was posed by dissident republicans and every effort was being made north and south of the border through co-operation between the two police forces and other agencies to tackle those groups and bring those responsible for acts of terrorism to justice.

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UK Brexit minister says no Brexit is bigger risk than no deal . The government said it would not introduce checks or controls on goods moving from the Irish Republic to the British FILE PHOTO: A Guinness truck passes a sign for Customs and Excise on a road near the border with Ireland near

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Mr Flanagan explained that the decision to recruit “up to” 700 new gardaí in 2020, rather than the previously announced 800, was influenced by his desire to allow Commissioner Harris some flexibility in how he deployed the personnel under his control.

He said 800 gardaí had been recruited annually in 2017 and 2018 but it had been agreed this year that 600 gardaí would be taken in this year, allowing funding for Mr Harris to further increase the number of civilians.

The current strength of the Garda force is 14,200 and this is expected to rise to 14,400 by the end of the year.

Mr Flanagan said it was anticipated that between 250 and 300 gardaí would retire next year but he was satisfied that they were on target to increase garda strength to 15,000 by 2021.

The recruitment of more civilians and garda reservists would bring the overall strength of the police service up to the planned figure of 21,000, he added.

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Despite the looming possibility of a no - deal Brexit , Varadkar said he felt that if the Irish government made plans to facilitate a hard border In particular, it is concerned the UK would no longer have the power to issue or act on European arrest warrants, which would restrict its ability to ask the gardaí for

A ' No Border , No Brexit ' sticker is seen on a road sign in front of the Peace statue entitled 'Hands “The increasing deployment of Gardaí (police) to all policing regions including the northern region is Police on both sides of the border have warned that customs posts could be a target for the small

The minister announced that additional funding was being made available by the Government before the end of December to cover the costs incurred in policing the visits.

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