Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Questions (240)

Clare Daly

Question:

240. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his policy in regard to the advice given in relation to the Air Navigation (Carriage of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Order 1973 and the carriage of munitions has been changed in the past 12 months such that his Department now recommends that exceptions be made for the carriage of munitions intended to be used in international crisis management and peace support operations in addition to unloaded personal weapons; and if so, the reasons for the change. [8992/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

Responsibility for the regulation of airlines wishing to carry weapons or munitions through Irish airspace or airports is accorded to the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport under the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Orders 1973 and 1989.

In processing applications for airlines wishing to carry weapons or munitions through Irish airspace or airports, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport seeks the views of my Department in relation to security issues.

I can inform the Deputy that there has been no change in the past twelve months in the Department’s policy as regards such requests.