The Tánaiste has urged people who hold a UK driving licence but who live in Ireland to quickly apply for an Irish licence.

He said this is necessary in case the UK crashes out of the EU without a deal on March 29.

Simon Coveney was speaking at the conclusion of the Dáil Second Stage debate on the Brexit Omnibus Bill.

He said that there was no secret plan by the Government to have a border on the island of Ireland in the event of a hard Brexit.

The Tánaiste said the Government hoped the Withdrawal Agreement would be approved by the British Parliament in the coming weeks.

The Committee Stage debate of this huge piece of legislation will get underway in the Dáil next Tuesday.

It is set to pass all stages by the middle of next month.

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