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Irish government has UK exit plans in place

The Irish government is making preparations for the UK to crash out of the EU with no deal.

The Republic believes it will need to employ 1,000 extra full-time customs and veterinary inspectors as part of contingency plans.

Sign-off for the massive recruitment drive was given by the Irish Cabinet sitting in Derrynane House, Co Kerry yesterday.

Current and new staff will have to be trained, and the Irish government will have to invest in new data storage systems.

The roles will be for all of the state’s six ports and three airports, and will be mostly based in Dublin.

The contingency plans will have to be ready for implementation by March next year when Brexit is due to happen.

A package of grants to support industries which will be hit hardest by Brexit, particularly in agriculture, will also be priced in to next year’s budget.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said his government has done a lot of preparations in if “the proverbial hits the fan” from the “shock” of a “disorderly Brexit”.

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