Eugene Drennan, a member of the council of the Road Haulage Association of Ireland, said drivers were not getting enough protection or support from a number of governments. Drennan: “We don’t feel we’re getting enough protection from the north coast countries — France, Belgium and Holland. The rate of the people getting into these trailers and the angst of these people as it comes to winter to get to the UK, makes it a bigger and tougher situation. I would be fearful that we would have an Irishman or any man that is employed by us injured or even killed at the rate it’s happening.”
While acknowledging that these people were “hard done by”, he claimed that there were more reports of migrants having knives. “Who knows who is among them because of the numbers are so big and they’re so anxious and egging each other on, and we may have a bad situation and I’d be fearful of it.”
Drennan also said he “absolutely” worried that there was organised crime involved in the haulage industry. He called on Simon Coveney, the minister for foreign affairs, to take the matter to Europe.
A tougher stance was necessary when it was proven that people came to Ireland or Europe by illegitimate means, he added. Drennan was clear that Ireland should still take a fair amount of those people who were in need of help but emphasised his frustration at what he saw as a soft-touch approach.
According to fpcfreshtalkdaily.co.uk, Drennan also said France wasn’t doing enough to deal with the problem in its own country. He said it was a “big wealthy country” that could be doing more than it was to solve the problem. He was referring to camps such as the Calais “Jungle”, where thousands of migrants have camped out looking to make the journey across the Channel to the UK. In October, French authorities cracked down on the camps and sought to move the migrants away from Calais to accommodation elsewhere in the country.