Thursday, 21 February 2019

Questions (176)

Clare Daly


176. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the type and amounts of munitions he approved for transit through Shannon Airport on a plane (details supplied) on 4 February 2019; and the reason he approved this aircraft and these munitions to transit through Shannon Airport and Irish air space. [8939/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

This particular civil aircraft was granted an exemption for the carriage of munitions of war in respect of the personal weapons of the troops on board with no ammunition present pursuant to Article 5 of the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Orders, 1973 and 1989.

This exemption was granted as it met with the requirements for the grant of exemptions administered by my Department. No objections were raised by the Departments consulted as a part of the application process.

Matters relating to Ireland's policy of neutrality are the responsibility of the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade.