2. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to carry out a medical or health audit of serving and former members of the Air Corps similar to that undertaken in Australia in order to identify those that may have been exposed on an ongoing basis to toxic chemicals during their service. (Question 3490/18 asked on 24 Jan 2018 - Air Corps)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: Given the possibility that there is a major health scandal hidden in the Air Corps due to bad health and safety standards, is it not logical that an audit or survey of the health of serving members and ex-serving members be carried out to determine the scale of the health problems in Ireland, similar to the survey that was undertaken in Australia when that country became aware of serious exposure of serving members to deadly chemicals?
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36. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if his Department contacted the companies or persons that carried out the 1990s safety reports into aspects of the Air Corps’ safety procedures at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel, on behalf of the State agency Forbairt in order to ascertain if they might still have copies of the reports that his Department claims to have lost. (Question 32262/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Air Corps Operations)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: This is a simple question and, to some degree, a follow-up to an earlier question. It seeks to nail down what actions the Minister, the military authorities or his Department have taken to track down at least four health and safety reports on Air Corps installations which were carried out in the 1990s and have vanished. Are we to depend on the Irish Examiner’s Joe Leogue’s investigative journalistic skills to unearth more information, as has been the case to date?
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2. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if the Air Corps was requested to provide top cover for Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 during its ill-fated mission off the County Mayo coast; if its inability to assist in the search-and-recovery mission was directly attributable to cuts which have reduced the number of air traffic controllers and other experienced personnel to the point that the Air Corps can no longer operate on a 24-hour basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15539/17 asked on 29 Mar 2017 - Air Corps Strength)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: I want to express my sincere sympathies to the family and friends of the crew the Irish Coast Guard helicopter, R116, Dara Fitzpatrick, Mark Duffy, Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby. Guím suaimhneas síoraí orthu.
Was the Air Corps requested to provide top cover for Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 during its ill-fated rescue mission off the County Mayo coast which led to the deaths of the four brave responders? Was the Air Corps inability to assist in the search and recov...

44. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the reason the military authorities did not act on foot of the first Health and Safety Authority report into the handling of dangerous and carcinogenic materials by Air Corps personnel without the appropriate protective clothing, adequate training or basic equipment, instead of waiting for the final report, thus prolonging the exposure of personnel at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel. (Question 7298/17 asked on 15 Feb 2017 - Air Corps Equipment)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: We dealt earlier today with the questions on what has occurred for many decades in Baldonnel Aerodrome. I ask once again that the Minister of State take the required action to ensure protective clothing is provided and every single step is taken to ensure the current serving members of the Air Corps are protected.
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