shamrock604 wrote:OA260 wrote:pompos wrote:Luckily, I arrived in Terminal 2 yesterday night. While not a queue like this, it still was much more packed than usually. Flying regularly between Ireland and the UK, I wonder why passengers of flights arriving from the UK have to go through passport control in Dublin? It's not the case when arriving in the UK and it would safe a lot of time for many many passengers.
The UK seem to honor their part of the agreement more then the Irish and we have had this discussion before. When they planned T2 they could have done what they did at T5 LHR and added a CTA corridor. There should also be a fast track arrival system for regulars where an annual subscription applies. With Mr Kenny crying about not wanting a hard border maybe he should start at his own side and sort the Airport out
The British have quite some input into how immigration is run at Dublin and other Irish airports - you'll recall there were actually UKBA staff based at DUB for some time a couple of years ago. I'm sure we also have equivalent input in the UK as it is in effect a common border.
We are not dishonouring the agreement - you still do not need a passport to travel between the two, you simply have to state where you are arriving from, and if you are British or Irish, no further questions asked. The CTA only applies to Irish and British nationals, so if the British wanted to check everyone arriving from Ireland, they could, so long as IE and UK nationals are not required to show a passport. (A form of ID is sufficient in our case).
Re Mr Kenny crying, as an Irish person, I won't accept having to show a passport to travel within my own country. And with 83% in an RTE poll wanting a re-unified Ireland within their lifetime, I think quite a few would agree. Besides, all those unionists now acquiring Irish passports surely wouldn't wish to be inconvenienced either!
Re the queues, an automated solution in the form in of the E-border kiosks has been tested, so you'd imagine it will be rolled out before long. I say imagine, as this is of course an Government service we are talking about.... so perhaps by 2030.
Polls are often misleading. Whilst people may have a romantic idea of a United Ireland and in a poll its easy to say yes without comitting id say results would be against it. Austerity would follow and massive budget cuts in the South. Also Northerners would loose alot of perks. Its like saying Id love to do EK F Class around the world but when faced with the prospect of the bill Id decline
Living in the border area and currently crossing it twice a day I know the mood on the ground amongst friends,colleagues and neighbours. Wont happen in my life time!