It's a joke. Homeland security are tightening entries by Irish visitors. So for all those going for a cheap xmas shopping trip to NY, be prepared!
It is now likely to be replaced with a new system called "Electronic Travel Authorisation", much like the controversial "Computer Assisted Passenger Pre-Screening" that was introduced on internal flights in the US two years ago.
If the system were introduced here it could mean that anyone who shares a name with someone imprisoned for IRA or other terror group offences, could be stopped from boarding flights. Thousands of people could be affected.
Now, didn't I say it is crappy now! Hopefully more information will come along about this new security measure.