Tuesday, 17 September 2019
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
591. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the systems put in place at ports and airports in preparation for Brexit have been tested and evaluated by external experts and-or bodies to ensure their robustness and effectiveness; if not, when he envisages such testing taking place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37625/19]
The Government’s Contingency Action Plan of July 2019 outlined the interagency works underway by Revenue Commissioners, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, the Department of Health, HSE Environmental Health Service, and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland to ensure optimal goods trade traffic flows at our key ports and airports.
This work is advanced and I understand that the Revenue Commissioners are leading on the necessary IT changes for October 2019 readiness. The robustness of the proposed inter-agency arrangements will be tested prior to 31 October 2019 by the relevant agencies. An inter-department group, under the Chair of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, is in place to coordinate this work.