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Concerns around increase in immigration checks along the border must be addressed - Ó Donnghaile

26 September, 2019 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile

Sinn Féin Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile has called on the Minister for Justice to address concerns around the increase in immigration checks along the border.

Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said:

“I have raised this issue a number of times in terms of the increase of checks carried out on public transport particularly close to Dundalk

“A number of groups including the Committee for the Administration of Justice in the north and the Council for Civil Liberties here in the south have raised very real concerns and fears over racially profiling people who are on the buses.

“The issue is that Gardaí are carrying out what appears to be immigration checks on public transport by asking some people for passports and they are not asking others.

“It should be a concern to us under what legislation those checks are being carried out in the first place given the common travel area and the existing arrangements in place.

“I think the minister should come before the Seanad given fears about border checks and the relocating of armed Garda response units to areas along the border in advance of Brexit.

“It seems to me and a lot of others including reputable human rights groups that if you are an immigrant in Ireland you are already faced with a hard border in the here and now so that should be a concern for us all.” 

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