Dáil Éireann - Volume 321 - 03 June, 1980

Written Answers. - Immigration Control.

[1379] 335. Mr. Keating asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if there is any agreement between the authorities in this country and Great Britian concerning dealings with aliens or immigrants; and if he will make a comprehensive statement outlining his proposals, if any, for changes in the regulations governing such matters.

Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Lenihan): Since 1952 there has, by agreement, been no immigration control on the movement of persons between Britain. Northern Ireland and the State. A necessary concommitant is a measure of co-operation between the two immigration services. This is recognised formally in Article 5 (2) (j) of the Aliens Order 1946 (at present inserted by Article 3 of the Aliens (Amendment) Order 1975, (S.I. No. 12B of 1975)) which empowers an immigration officer to refuse leave to land to an alien coming to the State from a place not in Britain or Northern Ireland if he is satisfied that the alien “intends to travel, whether immediately or not, to Great Britain or Northern Ireland and the officer is satisfied that the alien would not qualify for admission to Great Britain or Northern Ireland if he arrived there from a place other than the State”.

The Government have no proposal for any change in the arrangements.