We did warn you! Dublin Port boss slams over-the-top Brexit prep – EU was ‘dishonest’

Brexit: Ireland 'wants to punish the UK' says Hoey

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Bosses at Dublin Port said too much land had been set aside to deal with shipments to Britain. It was said that nearly 15 hectares of land being used to cope with the aftermath of Brexit were now being used at a “fraction of what was anticipated”. Internal emails have revealed that the port authorities believe that it is “virtually impossible” to see how there was a need for so much space even if trade between Ireland and Britain continues to increase.

It was said that too much land was now being allocated to state services for checking vehicles travelling from the UK.

Dublin Port told the Irish government that their post-Brexit contingency measures had put significant strain on other operations, especially rail services, which were temporarily suspended last month.

The government was criticised for putting undue pressure on other services by continuing to believe that space is still needed as a contingency measure for Britain’s departure from the EU single market and customs union.

Irexit campaigners say this is a sign that the anti-Brexit predictions made by the EU were “dishonest propaganda”.

Irish Freedom Party President Hermann Kelly said: “The anti-Brexit liars doth protest too much.

“We were told by the Remain campaign that economic apocalypse and catastrophe were about to be caused by Brexit but life pretty much rolled on as normal.

“It’s clear there was no need of the dishonest propaganda just as there was no need to set aside acres of land in Dublin Port to inspect vehicles from Brexit Britain.

“The Remain campaign has lost even more credibility – and who even though that was possible.”

Dublin Port CEO Eamonn O’Reilly said not fully using the land reserved for the feared chaos of Brexit had been a “success story”.

He said: “We’re running out of space and rail takes up an awful lot of space. We are not against rail freight but the challenge we have is the land area we have.

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“Dublin Port did not take a decision to stop rail freight. We were the ones to build a rail siding that facilitated that service.

“Everybody wants more and more within this footprint.

“We have been lucky this summer; the weather has been good, everything has been on time and the trains are working. But there are always risks and the priority has to be with working ships.

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“We are operationally challenged at all of the time.”

Last month the Dublin Port Company announced a “strong financial performance” despite the challenges from Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic.

It was said the port benefited from a “very strong fourth quarter” last year, when volumes increased 7.6 percent year on year “driven by the final round of Brexit stockpiling”.

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