I propose that the petitions considered by the committee at this meeting and the previous meeting be published and that the replies from the Departments and other bodies also be published. Is that agreed? Agreed.
We will now consider the public petitions. The first petition P00013/21, is from Ms Molly O’Brien, to create a citizenship route for non-resident spouses of Irish nationals after five years of marriage. The recommendation from the private session is that the correspondence from the Department of Justice be sent to Ms O'Brien for comment. Do members have any views on this or is it agreed? Agreed.
The second petition P00017/21, concerns "Save Shannon Airport" and is from Deputy Violet-Anne Wynne on behalf of Ms Donna McGettigan. The recommendation from the private session is that the correspondence from the Department of Transport be sent to Deputy Wynne on behalf of Ms McGettigan and that this petition is closed for the following reasons: that the Government has clearly articulated in recent months that its policy with regard to Shannon Airport is that it remains part of the Shannon Group. The Government does not consider it appropriate that there be any consideration for reintegrating Shannon Airport with the DAA at this time. Throughout the Covid-19 crisis the Government has made significant funding available to Aer Lingus and other aviation enterprises through a range of business supports. It is estimated that by the end of June 2021 the aviation sector will have received approximately €300 million in such supports.
Do the members have any views on this or is this agreed? Agreed.