Written answers

Thursday, 16 December 2021

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Road Safety

Photo of Verona MurphyVerona Murphy (Wexford, Independent)
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19. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide an update on recent engagements between his Department, the Department of Health and the Revenue Commissioners in regard to the interim secondary use of the Kilrane State Facility, Kilrane, County Wexford for overflow HGV parking to alleviate the road safety issues at Rosslare Europort and surrounding areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [62294/21]

Photo of Hildegarde NaughtonHildegarde Naughton (Galway West, Fine Gael)
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My Department is undertaking an assessment of the feasibility of using part of the Kilrane State facilities site to facilitate HGV drivers for parking up purposes at the Port.

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.

My Department is engaging with the key agencies and met with Revenue Commissioners, the Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine and the HSE on Friday, 10 December last. Current average occupancy levels are low and there is potential for parking on the site. However, any additional use of the site would need to have regard to the overall priority function of the site in addition to the relevant operational and safety considerations.

My Department is now following up with OPW to assess the operational and safety requirements of using the site for the purpose of HGV parking.

I understand that there has also been engagement locally with An Garda Síochána, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, the Local Authority and Rosslare Port to discuss possible alternative measures that can be taken.

I would 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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