Flanagan Rejects Reports Hundreds Of Cars Arrived Into Ports Last Week

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Reports that hundreds of cars arrived into Ireland at ferry ports last week “don’t stack up” according to the Minister for Justice.

Concern after photos emerged online appearing to show British-registered cars driving off ferries at Irish ports last week.

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan says gardaí have looked into it, and found it not to be true.

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Minister For Justice, Charlie Flanagan

“What was reported and rumoured in advance of the Easter weekend actually didn’t stack up,” he said. “And the gardaí have verified that.”

He says some cars were turned back, though, and that the issue will continue to be monitored.

Meanwhile, Dublin Airport says it remains open as an essential service for cargo and repatriation flights.

Yesterday, there were 58 scheduled flights and fewer than 300 passengers arrived at the airport.

Most of them were Irish people travelling home. The advice to them is to restrict their movements for two weeks. The exceptions are for essential workers like pilots or hauliers.