Minister Alan Shatter has moved to assure children that all necessary arrangements have been made to facilitate the arrival of Santa Claus on Christmas Day.

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence stated he was acting in his capacity as the minister with responsibility for time and issuing visas.

He added: "No excess baggage travel charges will be imposed on the sacks full of presents it is anticipated Santa will have on his sleigh. 

"Both An Garda Síochána and members of the Defence Forces stand ready on alert to provide him with any assistance required to ensure that all his reindeer, including Rudolph, are properly fed and watered.

The minister reminded children that: "Santa's journey will, as usual, be tracked by the North American Aerospace Defense Command, known as NORAD.  Girls and boys can follow his progress on

"He may also be sighted by the Irish Air Corps Radar System when he comes over the horizon late on Christmas Eve to visit families throughout the State."

Considering the recent poor weather, the minister said he has asked Met Éireann "to ensure that a speedy response be given to any requests Santa makes for information on any threatened extreme weather conditions that could impede his progress".

Despite the challenging conditions, the minister is confident that Santa will be as efficient as ever.

"Because of the speedy manner in which he goes about his business and the common travel area between Ireland and the UK, it is anticipated that Santa Claus will deliver his Christmas presents throughout Ireland and the UK in the blink of an eye."