Assistance dog users in Northern Ireland could face a trip across the Irish Sea to bring their animals into the Republic of Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Stormont’s Department for Agriculture, Environment, and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has said pets would have to enter the Republic through approved entry points.

The ports at Cork and Rosslare are the only approved sea points of entry.

Dublin Airport is also an approved point of entry.

It means a journey from Londonderry to Donegal – normally a short drive – could involve taking a sea crossing to England or Scotland, driving to Wales, going through the official point of entry in County Wexford and then driving north to Donegal.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 31 October,

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