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Dáil Éireann díospóireacht -
Thursday, 6 Apr 1967

Vol. 227 No. 7

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Cross-Channel Hovercraft Service.


asked the Minister for Transport and Power whether his Department have examined the possibilities of operating hovercraft between Ireland and Britain; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

The development of hovercraft is kept under close review in my Department.

Apart from a general study of the situation, the B & I are watching developments in this field with particular attention to the possibilities that hovercraft may offer for cross-Channel services, and they have had a preliminary study carried out on their behalf by a leading British hovercraft manufacturer.

The current assessment of both the B & I and my Department is that it is not feasible to use hovercraft, at their present stage of development, for operation under Irish sea conditions.