Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Cross Border Co-Operation and TD for Louth Declan Breathnach says he has serious concerns regarding the British Government’s plans for Northern Ireland post-Brexit.

Deputy Breathnach made the comments after the British Home Office advertised 21 Border Force Officer roles based in Belfast.

Deputy Breathnach said, “This news is seriously concerning and spells trouble for Northern Ireland. The British Government are clearly putting in place preparations to enforce a hard-border on the island of Ireland should an agreement not be reached between the EU and British negotiation teams. There are fears that the British could renege on their commitments and are anticipating the need to implement a hard border.

“These latest developments underscore the need for the Irish Government to redouble its efforts to prevent the imposition of a hard border. Such a move would be devastating to the social and economic fabric of Ireland, and would particularly impact on border communities. Every effort must be made to prevent this from becoming a reality.

“It’s chilling that the British Government are putting in place detailed plans to deal with the one thing which they have promised to avoid,” concluded Deputy Breathnach.