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Statement from DAERA Minister Edwin Poots

DAERA Minister Edwin Poots said,

I became aware yesterday [Wednesday] that a decision had been made by officials to recruit additional staff for Border Control Points. The Permanent Secretary was unaware of this decision. This recruitment exercise will not continue as no authorisation was given for it. I am seeking a full explanation as to how this happened.

In line with the previous announced decision, the Department will not be investing further in Port inspection facilities until the Government provide clarity.