Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Questions (76)

Brendan Howlin

Question:

76. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will report on his use of the Government jet to date in 2019. [50046/19]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The Ministerial Air Transport Service provides the Government and the President with an independent and flexible air transport service to assist in meeting national and international obligations.

Requests for the use of the service are made to the Taoiseach’s office where they are examined with regard to the need and purpose of travel. Once approved all operational matters are settled directly between the Minister in question and my Department.

Information in relation to Ministerial Air Transport flights is publically available via a link entitled "Routinely Published Information" on the Department of Defence website where it is updated on a monthly basis: www.gov.ie/en/organisation/department-of-defence/.

In relation to my usage of the Ministerial Air Transport Service during 2019 in my capacity as Minister with responsibility for Defence, the following table outlines the details of travel sought by the Deputy to-date.

Departure Date

Return Date

Ministerial Time on Board (Minutes)

Route

Department

Passengers

30/01/2019

30/01/2019

255

Baldonnel - Bucharest - Baldonnel

Defence

MoS plus 3