Friday 9 December 2016

Brexit Aftershock: What will happen the Northern Ireland border?

With 500km of Border crossing and as many roads, police and customs could not hope to stop smuggling, writes Jim Cusack

Published 26/06/2016 | 02:30

North and south: Traffic passes a border sign at Newry. Photo: Getty
North and south: Traffic passes a border sign at Newry. Photo: Getty

British border controls with the Republic will probably consist of increased port and airport security as it is "impossible" to secure the 500km land border, senior garda sources say.

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Policing on both sides of the Border has reduced to well under half the levels there were during the 1971-1997 Provisional IRA terrorist campaign, when there was also a substantial British military presence at fortified checkpoints. The Irish Army also maintained a presence at the Border.

The four garda border divisions - Donegal, Sligo-Leitrim, Cavan-Monaghan and Louth - have a combined strength of 1,280 officers.

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