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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Santa will arrive on time, says the Minister for Time

A very important visitor is expected to arrive in Ireland on Wednesday. And we’ve just been told by the Minister of Time that Santa will most definitely arrive on time.

In his role as the Minister for Time, Mr Alan Shatter TD, says all the necessary arrangements have been made to make sure Santa delivers his presents on time.

Santa is now putting all the final checks to his sleigh full of presents, and he’ll deliver presents in Ireland in the blink of an eye.

“I want to assure children across Ireland that all necessary arrangements have been made to facilitate the timely arrival of Santa Claus on Christmas Day,” Mr Shatter said.

Santa and his reindeer will be helped by gardai, the army and the weather forecasters to guarantee a punctual arrival, Mr Shatter assured Irish girls and boys.

When he comes over the horizon late on Christmas Eve, he may also be sighted by the Irish Air Corps Radar System, Mr Shatter said.

"No excess baggage travel charges will be imposed on the sacks full of presents it is anticipated Santa will have on his sleigh.”

“Both An Garda Síochána and members of the Defence Forces stand ready on alert to provide him with any assistance required to ensure that all his reindeer, including Rudolph, are properly fed and watered.”

The weather forecasters will be letting Santa know about any bad weather, to help him arrive safely to Ireland.

"As chairperson of the government task force on emergency planning, I have asked Met Éireann to ensure that a speedy response be given to any requests Santa makes for information on any threatened extreme weather conditions that could impede his progress.”

“Because of the speedy manner in which he goes about his business and the common travel area between Ireland and the UK, it is anticipated that Santa Claus will deliver his Christmas presents throughout Ireland and the UK in the blink of an eye.”

Girls and boys can follow Santa’s progress on www.noradsanta.org. 

Last April, justice minister Alan Shatter also played Time Lord when he announced the arrival of summertime along with a new series of 'Doctor Who' on the BBC.

Mr Shatter, who is a fan of Daleks and the Tardis, announced that the clocks were going forward while also taking the opportunity to promote the new series of 'Doctor Who'.

"I think it's a great programme. I think we should celebrate the fact they have started a new series," Mr Shatter said

He added: “One of the strange and odd things that the Minister for Justice and Equality has to do is issue statements twice a year to tell people whether the clock is going forward or going back, so apparently I have responsibility for time.”

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