By Dan Walsh
Independent TD for Wexford, Verona Murphy, has criticised the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, for what she describes as totally unacceptable not to have 24-hour inspections at Rosslare Europort, saying “the decision to have two eight-hour shifts will cause complete mayhem.”
“This will cause unacceptable delays and clearly shows that DAFM have no regard for what is required to facilitate smooth operation of the logistics sector and will serve to create a barrier to trade at the port,” said Deputy Murphy.
She added; “The decision displays an unbelievable lack of understanding, which unfortunately appears to be the trademark of those responsible on the Governments side for facilitating a smooth transition of Brexit on January 1st. DAFM officials in highly paid jobs would need to inform themselves and be on top of their job to ensure stupid decisions such as this don’t happen.”
Deputy Murphy concluded; “This decision will have a huge effect on the supply chain. The Minister for Agriculture needs to take command of his department and put a 24-hour service in Rosslare Europort. The chain of distribution must operate without unnecessary delay. The Taoiseach said the government will do whatever is necessary to safeguard Irish exports. He, along with the Minister for Agriculture, need to ensure that 24-hour cover is provided at Rosslare by all regulatory agencies.”