Question over port security in Rosslare Harbour
Independent councillor Ger Carthy has questioned the level of anti-terrorism security at Rosslare Europort after observing 700 foot passengers disembarking off a Stena Line ferry without their identities or bags being checked by immigration services.
Chief Superintendent John Roche said that on the occasion Cllr. Carthy was talking about, the ferry was full of returning rugby supporters who had been checked on the other side. 'We knew who was on that ship.'
'We have an agreement with our colleagues in Fishguard and Swansea,' said the Chief Superintendent, adding that the Garda focus is on ferries coming in from mainland Europe and the threat of terrorists viewing Ireland as a stepping stone to the U.K.
Cllr. Carthy said the security campaign is not as visible as it used to be and asked about the apparent withdrawal of checkpoints from the N25 en route to Rosslare.
'Our main concern is the Rosslare Europort,' said the Chief Superintendent.