Tag Archives: hard border


Taoiseach Micheál Martin

“There has never been a ban on North-South travel, not will there be.”

Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Fianna Fáil Parliamentary meeting, November 29, 2020

This morning.

From 7am, people who live in Northern Ireland faced fines of €100 from Gardaí if caught crossing the Irish border without “a reasonable excuse”.

Via BBC:

The unprecedented step has been taken by the Irish government in a bid to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Northern Ireland residents who have to cross the border for essential work or essential purposes, such as seeking medical treatment, will be exempt from fines.

Public health guidance in NI says people “should not travel in or out of Northern Ireland except where it is essential to do so”.

Coronavirus: NI residents face fines for crossing border (BBC)


Then Liberal Part MP Winston Churchill’s idea to promote ‘the temporary absence of the representation of Ulster’ in the event of Home Rule

Century Ireland writes:

Satirical magazine ‘Punch’ offers a tongue-in-cheek suggestion for how a border in Ireland might be created….

Churchill proposes partition of Ireland (Century Ireland)


Mick Fulcher writes:

Sweden is in the EU Norway isn’t.

And this is their idea of a ‘hard border’

Ever get the feeling you’re being lied to?


This afternoon.

Via RTE News:

The EU will take a gradual approach to the question of how Ireland will have to comply with checks and controls along the Irish border in the event of a no-deal Brexit, RTÉ News understands.

Sources have portrayed a scenario where on day one of a no-deal Brexit, it will be acknowledged that Ireland is not fully in compliance with the obligations that come when a member state shares a border with a third country.

It is understood that for a period afterwards, the EU will assume a “partnership” role, allowing the Irish Government to apply the rules of the single market and customs union as best it can, while providing advice and support, whether technical or financial, over time.

EU ‘gradual approach’ to border checks in no-deal Brexit – sources (Tony Connolly, RTÉ)




Ah here.



Pettigo, Donegal/Fermanagh border.

James Gallagher, Postmaster of Pettigo Village post office, with pork and bacon delivery man John Leydon beside the border which divides Pettigo between Northern Ireland and the Republic, as they contemplate the possibility of a No Deal Brexit delivering a Hard Border.



Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe at government buildings this afternoon

…Earlier, Mr Schinas [European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas] said he had heard nothing new since British Prime Minister Theresa May laid out a tweaked divorce plan yesterday.

If you’d like me to push me and speculate on what might happen in a no-deal scenario in Ireland, I think it is pretty obvious: you will have a hard border,” he said.

Mr Schinas also expressed frustration as journalists questioned him over the next steps in the negotiation.

“In all honesty, I have a terrible sense of déjà vu in all these exchanges,” he said. “There is nothing else that I can meaningfully say.”

‘Difficult’ to prevent border infrastructure without withdrawal agreement (RTÉ)



Earlier today.

DUP leader Arlene Foster speaking in Westminster ahead of the vote on UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement in the House of Commons this evening.

LIVE: Decision day at Westminster (RTE)