Tuesday 17 October 2017

FF transport spokesman travels to France to examine escalating migrant crisis

TD Timmy Dooley
TD Timmy Dooley
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Fianna Fáil transport spokesman Timmy Dooley is travelling to France today to examine the escalating migrant crisis in Calais.

Mr Dooley is travelling with the Irish Road Haulage Association whose members have been seriously impacted by the humanitarian crisis in France.

The Clare TD said hauliers are having “real difficulty” getting their goods through the port due the number of migrants seeking to cross the channel to England.

“Much more needs to be done by the EU to address the crisis in a compassionate way but there are measures the Irish government can also implement to ease pressure on hauliers trying to move through the port of Calais,” Mr Dooley said.

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“The impact on Ireland is serious.  Hauliers have having real difficulty processing their trucks and getting their goods through the port in Calais with desperate migrants going to extraordinary lengths to try to get through the crossing,” he added.

Mr Dooley said Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe should ease the pressure on hauliers by relaxing the rules around the amount of time truckers are legally permitted to drive.

“I am urging Minister Paschal Donohoe to act on this as a matter of priority.  I am also urging the Minister to arrange a bilateral meeting with the British government to discuss the unfortunate criminalising and fining of hauliers whose trucks are found to have migrants illegally passing into the UK,” he said.

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