Dáil Questions: Aer Lingus/daa Pension Scheme

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Clare attempted to raise the issue of Aer Lingus/daa Pension Scheme problems with Minister Donohoe on Wednesday, but sadly the question didn’t get selected for discussion from the lottery. Even though he escaped having to answer Clare’s question on Shannon, her colleague Mick Wallace did get that chance and Minister Donohoe was forced to concede that some of his information last time round was not accurate… putting questions down pays.

Question No 30:

To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he has raised issues of staff concern regarding the operation of the new daa pension scheme, and legacy issues from the Irish Airlines (General Employees) Superannuation Scheme since its cessation in any recent correspondence between him or his Department with daa officials..

– Clare Daly.

For ORAL answer on Wednesday, 11th November, 2015.

Ref No: 39052/15
Answered by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe

REPLY

​The resolution of any issues of concern to staff in relation to the scheme referred to by the Deputy is a matter for the Trustees, the daa and the scheme members.

As I previously indicated to the Deputy, my Department receives periodic briefings from daa and these sometimes include matters in relation to pensions. However, other than my officials liaising occasionally with the company in connection with sporadic queries, there has been no recent correspondence between my Department and the daa regarding the operation of the new daa pension scheme or legacy issues from the IASS, including staff concerns, if any, that might arise.

Dáil Question No 18

To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views regarding whether he has requested any changes in procedures regarding permits for transiting troops or munitions through Shannon Airport in view of the escalation of appalling atrocities carried out by the Saudi Arabian authorities, with the support of the United States, in Yemen, and the fact that previous permits issued by his Department included munitions on flights to Saudi Arabia from the US..
– Clare Daly.

For ORAL answer on Wednesday, 11th November, 2015.

Ref No: 39053/15
Answered by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe

REPLY

The Deputy’s question relates to foreign policy considerations, which are not my responsibility. My Department consults with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in relation to foreign policy issues for all applications for permits issued under Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Order 1973.

As outlined in my response to the Deputy’s question on 3 November last, no applications for permits have been received under the 1973 Order to date in 2015 for flights landing at Shannon or flying through Irish airspace enroute to Saudi Arabia from the US.