Over the past six months, male and female drivers from the Republic have been intimidated by swarms of migrants while stuck in delays of up to 20 hours near the Channel Tunnel around Calais.
The Irish drivers transporting goods from the continent have been caught in the crossfire as some 5,000 migrants lay siege to the port hoping to get to the UK to apply for asylum or simply get to Britain to work illegally.
Last week the British government confirmed that a new ‘secure zone’ will be created to stem the problem after a migrant died attempting to board a freight train headed for Britain.
Truck company bosses here are increasingly concerned about the safety of their staff left “traumatised” by the chaos in France.
The Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) claim there will be “catastrophic” damage to Ireland’s export industry unless the Government intervenes to protect drivers.