Written Answers. - Garda Operations.

Brian O'Shea

Ceist:

134 Mr. O'Shea asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the investigation which has been held by the Garda into allegations of unauthorised night flights by three helicopters in the greater Dublin area on the night of 25 August 2001, which are reported to have violated controlled air space and strayed close to security sensitive areas; if a prosecution is planned as a result of these events; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27659/01]

I am advised by the Garda authorities that they understand that the Irish Aviation Authority is carrying out an investi gation into an unauthorised flight in respect of one helicopter on the night of 25 August 2001 and the morning of 26 August 2001 in relation to breaches of the rules of the air. The Garda Síochána is also investigating an allegation of endangerment in respect of one helicopter on the night of 25 August 2001 and the morning of 26 August 2001 at Slane, County Meath.