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Phelan, John Paul

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Customs Bill 2014: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

I pick up where Deputy McLoughlin left off. I thank the Customs and Excise service and An Garda Síochána for their efforts in protecting our borders commercially. The Deputy pointed out that they...More Button

We are dealing with legislation in the customs area that goes back to 1876, which is a long time ago. The importation of articles and material into the country has changed considerably in that 1...More Button

Further to Deputy McLoughlin's contribution, my major focus is on the importation of illegal or counterfeit goods and other materials, principally tobacco and fuel. I am a member of a committee ...More Button

Many of these counterfeit cigarettes are of a particularly dangerous quality and standard. That goes above and beyond the obvious negative health effects smoking has on individuals. That is one...More Button

Kilkenny is an unusual area in that it is an inland county with two ports - the Port of New Ross and the Port of Waterford. The Port of New Ross, partly, and the Port of Waterford, wholly, are l...More Button

I know there has been investment in recent years in additional scanning facilities at our ports. There is at least one mobile scanning unit and there may be others. I ask the Minister of State ...More Button

In the area of fuel laundering, we are all familiar with people who have suffered as a result of using laundered fuel. This has happened across country, not least in my constituency. In the pas...More Button

I welcome the legislation. It seems appropriate that a such a consolidation measure comes before the House. I ask the Minister of State to consider additional resources sought by me and Deputy ...More Button