Wednesday, 3 February 2021

Questions (153)

Catherine Connolly

Question:

153. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Transport if an exemption under the Air Navigation (Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Orders 1973 and 1989 was granted by his Department in respect of an aircraft on contract to the US military (details supplied) which landed at Shannon Airport at 11.27 am on 28 January 2021, remained at Shannon overnight and took off again at 09.28 am on 29 January 2021; the number of US military personnel on board this aircraft; if the aircraft was carrying weapons or munitions given that the aircraft remained overnight, if the aircraft crew and military passengers were accommodated in a local hotel; if all persons on board this aircraft were required to produce a negative Covid-19 test on arrival in Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6022/21]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

An exemption permitting the carriage of munitions of war was granted for this operation, pursuant to Article 5 of the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Orders, 1973 and 1989.

With regard to the additional elements of your question, I have forwarded it to Shannon Group plc. for direct reply.

If you do not receive a reply from the Company within ten working days, please advise my Private Office.

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 51