Dáil Éireann - Volume 653 - 08 May, 2008
Written Answers. - US Customs Facilities.
Deputy Pat Breen Deputy Pat Breen
Deputy Pat Breen asked the Minister for Transport if he will report on his recent visit to Washington; if he discussed the proposed extension to the US customs and border protection facility with his US counterparts; if progress has been made on finalising agreement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17729/08]
Minister for Transport (Deputy Noel Dempsey) In the course of my recent visit to Washington I met Mr. Michael Chertoff, Secretary of Homeland Security to discuss progress on the negotiation of US proposals for the provision of preclearance facilities at Dublin and Shannon Airports, submitted to my Department in late December 2007.
While the content of the discussions must remain confidential, I now look forward to making good progress with the US authorities. Preclearance will require the conclusion of an Inter-Governmental Agreement with the US and new legislation. Given that the matter is under negotiation it is too early to say exactly when the Agreement will be finalized. However, subject to Government approval, I would currently target the end of year for the agreement and legislation to be in place.
Dáil Éireann 653 Written Answers. US Customs Facilities.