Thursday, 3 October 2019

Questions (42)

Niall Collins

Question:

42. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of times the Government jet has landed and taken off from each airport here since 2011 to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40234/19]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

I take it the Deputy is referring to the use of the Government Jet for the Ministerial Air Transport Service. Information in relation to Ministerial Air Transport is available publically via a link entitled Ministerial Air Transport Service (MATS) on the Department of Defence homepage at www.defence.ie. This information is updated on a monthly basis.

Separately, the Deputy might note that, apart from MATS flights, operational outputs of the Government Jet can also include Aid to Civil Authority or Aid to the Civil Power tasks. The Air Corps also conducts training using the Government Jet. The Deputy will appreciate that, for security reasons, it would not be appropriate to itemise the details of these flights.