Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Questions (391)

Pearse Doherty


395 Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he is committed to the three year PSO contract for Donegal Airport, and does he envisages the continuation of this vital service to Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35910/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport)

In accordance with EU regulations, my Department provides subvention for the provision of scheduled air services on the Public Service Obligation (PSO) route between Donegal and Dublin. The contract, which was awarded following an EU public tendering process, is for the three year period commencing on 3 November 2011.

Consideration of any new contract which may be entered into when the existing contract expires in November 2014 will depend on a number of issues including the use of the PSO service under the current contract and the availability of Exchequer funding.