Written answers

Thursday, 2 December 2021

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Transport Policy

Photo of Verona MurphyVerona Murphy (Wexford, Independent)
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20. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the communications his Department has had with the Revenue Commissioners regarding the use of the Kilrane State Facility site, Kilrane, County Wexford for the parking of heavy goods vehicles; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [59672/21]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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My Department has had initial contact with Revenue and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), regarding the feasibility of using part of the Kilrane State facilities site to facilitate HGV drivers for parking up purposes at the Port.  The Department will also raise this issue with HSE who also avail of the site.

I understand that based on current average occupancy levels Revenue and DAFM have indicated that subject to an assessment to be undertaken by my Department of how part of the site might be used for parking up purposes, there is potential for such parking on the site.

In doing so, I am conscious that the primary purpose of the State site at Kilrane is to ensure that all of the appropriate statutory customs, SPS and health checks and controls required for HGVs arriving from Great Britain are undertaken in a secure, timely and efficient fashion with the minimum of delay. Any additional use of the site would need to have regard to that important priority in addition to the relevant operational and safety considerations. I have asked my Department to pursue the aforementioned assessment as quickly as possible.

My Department is also in contact with Rosslare Europort about public messaging to encourage HGV drivers to use the service stations with welfare facilities en route to the Port for resting up before travelling to the Port.


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