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To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of US troops that have passed through Shannon Airport to date in 2015, including the monthly breakdown; the number of requests his Department received in 2015 from civilian aircraft to land at Shannon Airport or pass through Irish airspace while carrying munitions; the number of permits issued for both; the number of requests that were rejected; the reason for rejecting the requests for which permits were not granted; and if he will provide the breakdown of the countries from which the requests were made and the permits were granted; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

– Clare Daly.

 

For ORAL answer on Wednesday, 23rd September, 2015.

Answered by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport  Paschal Donohoe

REPLY

​The number of US troops that have passed through Shannon Airport to date in 2015 is 39,613.

The number of requests my Department received up to the end of August 2015 from civilian aircraft to land at Shannon Airport or pass through Irish airspace while carrying munitions was 566. 188 permits were issued for aircraft to land at Shannon, 5 were for aircraft landing at Dublin, and 345 permits issued for overflights.  28 requests were refused, all on the advice of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Of the total 566 requests received in this period, 1 request came from an Irish airline, 6 requests came from a UK airline, 5 from a Turkish airline and the remainder came from US airlines.

My office will provide the monthly breakdown requested by the Deputy in written tabular format.

Dáil Question

No: 167

To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the basis for his reporting of the number of US troops passing through Shannon Airport; and the way he arrived at the number of 55,405 for 2014..- Clare Daly.

* For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday, 23rd September, 2015.

Answered by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport

Paschal Donohoe

 

REPLY

As stated in the response to Parliamentary Question Ref No.617 of 20th January 2015 the figure 55,405 was based on information provided by Shannon Airport Authority.

Dáil Question

 No: 168

To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport how far in advance permit requests for the carriage of munitions under the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Order, 1973 must be made; and the procedure followed when considering those requests. – Clare Daly.

* For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday, 23rd September, 2015.

Ref No: 32469/15 Proof: 179

Answered by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport  Paschal Donohoe

REPLY

Applications from airlines for munitions of war exemptions under  Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Order are received by my Department on a standard application form.

The Department requests that such applications are made at least 48 hours before the flight is due to take place. Airlines usually make applications weeks in advance of flights, but on occasion applications have been made less than 48 hours in advance and are processed if feasible.

For all such applications the Department seeks the views of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in relation to foreign policy issues and the Department of Justice in relation to security issues. If the munitions involved are also classified as ‘dangerous goods’ the views of the Irish Aviation Authority are sought in relation to aviation safety issues. A copy of the application is also sent to the Department of Defence for information. Once these bodies have been consulted a decision is made to grant or refuse an application.