Plans are in place to end the Common Travel Area between Ireland and Britain, which has existed since the foundation of the State, and they hope to have it in place in 2009. A report from RTÉ says :
This means that anyone travelling between Ireland and Britain will need to carry a passport so that information about their movements will be available to authorities
This is all in an effort to track illegal immigrants and criminals as well as suspected terrorists moving between the two countries unnoticed. It has been mentioned that there are no plans to implement this between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland borders, due to technical implementation reasons. I wonder does that mean now that Ireland will join the Schengen Agreement? From Wikipedia:
The United Kingdom and Ireland are the only two EU members to not have signed the Schengen Agreement: both have an opt-out from the agreement. The two countries share a Common Travel Area with no border controls. Ireland is thus unable to join the agreement without dissolving this agreement with the UK, and thus incurring border controls at its land border with Northern Ireland
Do you think it is a good thing ? Is it about time we really were separated from England ?