The European Community (EC) says that border checks between member states will have to go by the end of 1992.
In recent months Ireland has adopted 73 per cent of EC single market directives. However, there are practical challenges that come with opening up borders. One such challenge is managing the movement of non-EC nationals from one member state to another.
The 1992 programme seeks to facilitate the free movement of goods and people throughout the community.
Martin Bangemann, Vice President of the European Commission, is insisting that all internal border checks will have to disappear by the end of 1992. He suggested that the introduction of identity cards in all EC member states might be a way to overcome the potential problems of a borderless Europe.
According to recent surveys, the Irish have shown to be amongst the most pro-European of EC citizens.
Fianna Fáil TD Mary O'Rourke says that the challenge facing Ireland is the demystification of Euro-speak through the education of citizens and businesses about the implications of a borderless Europe.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 25 February 1992. The reporter is Tommie Gorman.