Ireland is set to introduce a ‘tougher choice’ for travellers in the coming years, with the Government looking to introduce an “immediate” ban on certain types of journeys.
The Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, said the Government would announce “some of the measures we will take in coming months” to stop people travelling by air.
He said the move would take effect in 2019, but only after the “right to choose” legislation had been passed.
Mr Ross said the plan would not affect travel to some of the world’s most popular destinations, but added that “there are a lot of people who do it”.
“We want to make sure that it is safe and secure for them,” he said.
“They want to be able to enjoy their holiday, their trip to the destination.”
I don’t think that it will have any impact on other travel.
“The Government is expected to introduce legislation later this year which would introduce a number of restrictions to the types of flying which are allowed.
Airlines have been lobbying hard to get the ban, which is set in place before the end of 2020, introduced before the EU referendum, which Mr Ross has previously said would not happen.
However, the Government has admitted the plan may not be effective, given the current level of international terror.
At the time of the referendum, Mr Ross said there were concerns about the risk to the public.
During the referendum campaign, the Irish Government proposed a series of measures to restrict travellers from certain areas, such as banning the flying of passengers on the “high seas” and introducing “special restrictions” in the case of “foreign fighters”.
It has since been revealed that the Government’s plans would not actually stop people from travelling by sea or air.
Mr Ross told The Irish Sun in July that there was “no evidence” of the proposal being effective, and said the changes would not apply to tourists.