A national association representing Ireland's transport and logistics industry has accused the Government of being unprepared for a no-deal Brexit scenario.
 
Freight Transport Association Ireland (FTAI) has called on the Government to "advance and clearly communicate" contingency plans for a no-deal Brexit or, it warns, the country will face "significant threats to its supply chain".
 
Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, FTAI General Manager Aidan Flynn said: "A no-deal Brexit would have a seismic impact on the UK’s trading environment and in turn, the freight distribution and logistics sector on both sides of the Irish Sea.

"If the UK leaves the EU without an agreement in place it could cause major disruption to our integrated, interdependent supply chains".
 
Such a scenario, he said, would greatly impact on the supply food products, including cereal and tinned foods, consumed  in Ireland from the UK.
 
The FTAI has called on the Government to provide contingency plan details on how it intends to prevent the risk of increased delays and damage to future business opportunities. 
 
The association also stressed that the Government needs to confirm, clarify and publish the number of trained veterinary inspectors available to commence work in the event of a no-deal brexit as well as traffic management plans to deal with increased traffic volumes in Irish ports.
 
Mr Flynn said it vital that "enforcement authorities take a pragmatic approach to regulatory requirements for trade for a third country if no deal is reached between the UK and the EU".

Minister for European Affairs Helen McEntee is due to address the FTAI's annual conference in Enfield, Co Meath, later today.