Not all of the ten commercial state companies under my Department's aegis have social obligations. To that extent not all of these companies have to bear social costs.
The Irish National Petroleum Corporation, Bord Gáis Eireann, Aer Rianta, Bord na Móna and the Irish Aviation Authority all operate on a purely commercial basis and have no social mandate.
Aer Lingus Group also operates on a purely commercial basis but under the Essential Air Services Programme (EASP), approved by the Government, it is currently providing air services from Dublin to both Galway and Kerry regional airports. The Exchequer refunds the company approximately £900,000 per annum for operating this service.