Newly created customs officer jobs oversubscribed five times

Newly created customs officer jobs oversubscribed five times

More than 3,000 people have applied for 600 customs officer roles to shore up Irish ports and airports from any Brexit fallout.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe will reveal the figure in a joint Cabinet memo today as part of a wider Brexit contingency plan.

The plan is understood to be based on the "controlled and planned contingency decisions" made by Cabinet in July and September in case of a soft Brexit deal British prime minister Theresa May is trying to get through parliament.

While the worst effects of Brexit appear to have been avoided by the recent Brussels deals, Government sources told the Irish Examiner last night the file will confirm:

* 3,000 people have applied for 600 customs officer roles

* new "infrastructure" will be created for Dublin airport, Dublin port

* and similar measures will be adopted for Rosslare port in Wexford

The plans are likely to be used by Government to underline how it is preparing for Brexit.

However, to date, no clear explanation has been given for how the Government will react to a no deal hard border scenario.

- Digital Desk

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