66. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question No. 20 of 15 February 2018, if the internal review by his Department of the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Order 1973 has concluded; and if so, when the report will be published. (Question 17725/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Military Aircraft Landings)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The review of the 1973 Order seeks to identify the options available for updating various aspects of the Order. It is examining the Statutory Instrument primarily from an administrative and legal perspective. There is no proposal to change the long-standing Government policy of permitting civil aircraft used by the defence forces of various nations to transit through Irish airspace and airports, subject to appropriate terms and condi...

20. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the internal review by his Department of the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Order 1973 has concluded; and if so, when the report will be published. (Question 7737/18 asked on 15 Feb 2018 - Military Aircraft Landings)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 20 and 24 together.
The purpose of the ongoing internal review of the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Order 1973, is to identify the options available for various aspects of the Order. The internal review will be completed in the coming weeks.
The Chicago Convention, which is the main international treaty governing the operation of civil aviation, states tha...

24. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of applications for exemptions for the carriage of munitions of war through Shannon airport received by his Department in 2017; the number of such applications that were granted; and the number that were refused. (Question 7736/18 asked on 15 Feb 2018 - Military Aircraft Landings)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 20 and 24 together.
The purpose of the ongoing internal review of the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Order 1973, is to identify the options available for various aspects of the Order. The internal review will be completed in the coming weeks.
The Chicago Convention, which is the main international treaty governing the operation of civil aviation, states tha...

261. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question No. 1873 of 20 June 2017, the reason for the breach of the restrictions laid down by the Government and by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with regard to respecting the Government’s policies on neutrality, in breach of customary international laws on neutrality, in breach of the prohibition on the transport of weapons, munitions and explosives on aircraft through Irish airspace and through Irish airports and on the restrictions that such aircraft should not be engaged in military operations or exercises (details supplied). (Question 30736/17 asked on 29 Jun 2017 - Military Aircraft Landings)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​Questions related to Ireland’s neutrality and customary international laws on neutrality are a matter for the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The Department of Foreign Affairs is consulted in relation to foreign policy issues on all applications from civil airlines for exemptions to carry munitions in Irish airspace under the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Order, 1973.
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74. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of US troops who have passed through Shannon Airport to date in 2017. (Question 29941/17 asked on 28 Jun 2017 - Military Aircraft Landings)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Shannon Airport has informed my Department that the number of US troops who have passed through Shannon Airport from 1 January 2017 to 31 May 2017 is 22,465.
June figures are not yet available.
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674. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if the Defence Forces personnel that were on duty at Shannon airport on 25 April 2017 took steps to ascertain whether aircraft (details supplied) were fully in compliance with conditions related to permission to land, in view of the fact that these two aircraft were en route from a US airbase in the USA to a war zone in the Middle East when they were refuelling; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26943/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Military Aircraft Landings)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 674 and 675 together. Regarding the former aircraft referred to by the Deputy, permission to land was sought in advance by the US Embassy from my Department. The US Embassy confirmed in writing that the purpose of the landing was refuelling, and that the flight was unarmed; carried no arms, ammunition or explosives; and was not engaged in intelligence-gathering and that the flight in question did not...

675. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if the Garda and the Defence Forces personnel that were on duty at Shannon airport on 25 April 2017 took steps or were asked to take steps to ascertain whether two aircraft (details supplied) were fully in compliance with conditions related to permission to land in view of the fact that these two aircraft were en route from a US airbase in the USA to a war zone in the Middle East when they were refuelling; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26944/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Military Aircraft Landings)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 674 and 675 together. Regarding the former aircraft referred to by the Deputy, permission to land was sought in advance by the US Embassy from my Department. The US Embassy confirmed in writing that the purpose of the landing was refuelling, and that the flight was unarmed; carried no arms, ammunition or explosives; and was not engaged in intelligence-gathering and that the flight in question did not...

48. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if an aircraft (details supplied) sought and received permission to transport arms or munitions through Shannon Airport on either of the dates it was at the airport. (Question 22103/17 asked on 10 May 2017 - Military Aircraft Landings)

Deputy Clare Daly: This question relates to National Air Cargo flight No. N176CA, which arrived at Shannon Airport from Norfolk US naval base on 20 April headed for Kuwait International Airport. The aircraft landed at Incirlik airbase in south east Turkey before returning to Shannon Airport. Given that it operated on a US military call sign, was an exemption sought for carrying weapons or ammunition on either of the dates on which it was at Shannon Airport?
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36. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans to review the use of Shannon Airport by the US military in view of the destabilising role played in the Middle East and elsewhere by the US, and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18006/17 asked on 12 Apr 2017 - Military Aircraft Landings)

Deputy Clare Daly: As the Minister is aware, the US has been wreaking havoc across the Middle East for decades. It has taken a new departure with Donald Trump at the helm and his decision last week to drop 50 Tomahawk missiles on a Syrian airbase. We know the US media responded by saying things like “I think Donald Trump became President of the United States last night”. People described it as doing the right thing and the missile strikes were described as “beautiful”. Odds-on that Donald Tr...

39. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question No. 593 of 21 February 2017, notwithstanding the fact that call signs are a matter for the airline concerned, his views on any difficulties in data-gathering or otherwise caused by aircraft going to and from Shannon regularly switching from military to civilian call signs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14251/17 asked on 22 Mar 2017 - Military Aircraft Landings)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​International civil aviation is governed by the Chicago Convention. Annex 10 of the Convention deals with aeronautical telecommunication and contains detailed regulations in relation to all radio communication matters, including the use of call signs by aircraft. Call signs are unique identifiers used by an aircraft in radio communications, in compliance with international and national rules. It is not unusual for an aircraft to ...

593. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if an aircraft (details supplied) which arrived at Shannon Airport on 12 February 2017, but which left Shannon on 13 February 2017, sought and received permission to transport soldiers, weapons or munitions through Shannon Airport; the reason this aircraft is using a civilian call sign while on a military operation when in Irish airspace and when landing at Shannon Airport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8202/17 asked on 21 Feb 2017 - Military Aircraft Landings)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The airline operating the flight referred to by the Deputy applied for an exemption under the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Order 1973. My Department carried out the standard consultation procedure in relation to the application and an exemption was granted for the flight. This exemption was for the unloaded personal weapons of the troops on board the aircraft. Call signs are a matter f...

268. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question No. 60 of 8 February 2017, the details of the standard consultation procedure carried out regarding the applications in question. (Question 7513/17 asked on 15 Feb 2017 - Military Aircraft Landings)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​The standard consultation procedure for applications for permits under the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Order 1973 is outlined below.
For each application my Department seeks the views of the Department of Foreign Affairs, in relation to foreign policy matters, and the Department of Justice and Law Reform, in relation to security matters.  The views of the Irish Aviation Authority are al...

60. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the reason an aircraft (details supplied) that passed through Shannon Airport on 17 January 2017 and again on 18 January 2017 changed its call sign from civilian to military; if it was contracted to the US military; if there were troops on board on either occasion; the reason the plane switched call sign on the next leg of its journey after Shannon, from Athens to Qatar; his views on this matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6031/17 asked on 08 Feb 2017 - Military Aircraft Landings)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The airline operating the two flights referred to by the Deputy applied for an exemption under the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Order 1973. My Department carried out the standard consultation procedure in relation to the applications and exemptions were granted for both flights. These exemptions were for the personal weapons of the troops on board.
Call signs are a matter for the airline...

96. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 161 of 1 February 2017, if An Garda Síochána has no role in relation to the inspection of civilian aircraft transiting through Shannon Airport that are chartered to or on contract to the US military or to aircraft that have been known to have been associated with the US intelligence agency, the CIA; and if any such aircraft have been searched or investigated by An Garda Síochána at any time since September 2001. (Question 6300/17 asked on 08 Feb 2017 - Military Aircraft Landings)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The position in respect of the powers of search available to An Garda Síochána is based on detailed advices received from my predecessors from the Attorney General and has been elaborated in this House on many occasions in the past. As I stated to the Deputy in response to Question No. 161 of 1 February 2017, An Garda Síochána has no role in relation to the inspection of foreign State or military aircraft which, in acco...

161. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of formal requests for the search of military planes by An Garda Síochána at Shannon Airport which have been acceded to in the each of the years 2014 to 2016. (Question 4886/17 asked on 01 Feb 2017 - Military Aircraft Landings)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am informed by the Garda Authorities that their records indicate that requests were received in respect of 30 military aircraft which were on the runway at Shannon Airport during the period 2014 to 2016. In the time available it has not proved possible to provide a breakdown by year of the number of searches requested. I will forward this information to the Deputy when it is to hand from the Garda Authorities.
An Gar...

360. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will clarify his reply to Parliamentary Question No. 350 of 24 January 2017 by specifying precisely the concerns to which he refers that were outlined to the US Embassy; and if he has received a reply. (Question 4528/17 asked on 31 Jan 2017 - Military Aircraft Landings)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): In line with our respective responsibilities, my Department works closely with the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport on issues relating to landings by military and civil aircraft at Irish airports. My officials together with their counterparts in the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport met with officials from the US Embassy. They discussed the matter to which the Deputy refers and the Irish officials reiterated t...

48. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade further to Question No. 712 of 17 January 2017, if his Department will perform an audit of all landings of military aircraft at all airports here with a view to establishing the number of other military planes that have landed at airports here without first seeking permission to do so from his Department. (Question 3057/17 asked on 25 Jan 2017 - Military Aircraft Landings)

Deputy Clare Daly: The Minister revealed to me in response to a question last week that the RAF had landed an airplane without permission at Shannon. He told me this was an accident and that the RAF was very sorry. It is a little like the time the Hercules C130 landed with the 30 mm cannon visible, which the Minister told us was an administrative error. At best, this demonstrates a lack of oversight, at worst, a blind eye. I want to know what the Minister is doing to ensure compliance. Will...

80. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade further to Parliamentary Question No. 710 of 17 January 2017, his views on the fact that there was a sharp increase in the number of requests for landings of military aircraft at Shannon airport in June 2016, the same month in which NATO ran a military exercise in Poland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3058/17 asked on 25 Jan 2017 - Military Aircraft Landings)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Permission granted for landings by all foreign military aircraft at Irish airports is subject to strict conditions. These include stipulations that the aircraft must be unarmed, must carry no arms, ammunition or explosives. The aircraft must not engage in intelligence gathering and the flights in question must not form part of military exercises or operations. The increase in requests received in June 2016 in respect of militar...

157. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if an aircraft (details supplied), that passed through Shannon Airport on 17 January 2017 and again on 18 January 2017, was contracted to the US military; if there were troops on board on either occasion; the reason the plane switched call sign on the next leg of its journey after Shannon, from Athens to Qatar; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3359/17 asked on 25 Jan 2017 - Military Aircraft Landings)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Air Navigation (Foreign Military Aircraft) Order 1952, made under the Air Navigation and Transport Act 1946, gives the Minister for Foreign Affairs primary responsibility for the regulation of activity by foreign military aircraft in Ireland. The practical implementation of this provision is guided by and reflects Ireland’s traditional policy of military neutrality.
Primary responsibility for the regulation of foreign civil a...

350. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade further to Question No. 1627 of 17 January 2017, the status of the liaison with the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in regard to the further actions that might be taken to ensure US airlines on charter to the US military comply fully with regulations here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3233/17 asked on 24 Jan 2017 - Military Aircraft Landings)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): In line with our respective responsibilities for military and civil aircraft, my Department works closely with the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport on issues relating to landings by aircraft at Irish airports with a view to ensuring compliance with the relevant conditions applicable in this area. Officials from my Department are in contact with their counterparts in the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in resp...

710. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of military aircraft that landed at Shannon Airport in 2016, with a monthly breakdown based on their country of origin. (Question 1953/17 asked on 17 Jan 2017 - Military Aircraft Landings)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Deputy Charles Flanagan: During 2016, my Department received 645 requests for landings by military aircraft at Shannon Airport from 11 countries. The details are set out in the following table: 
 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Bahrain 2 2 1 Belgium 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 Canada 1 2 1 Egypt 1 2 1 France 1 1 6 4 2 Germany 1 1 Italy 2 1 3 4 1 1 Panama ...

711. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of military aircraft that landed at airports other than Shannon Airport, with a breakdown based on the airport at which they landed and their country of origin. (Question 1954/17 asked on 17 Jan 2017 - Military Aircraft Landings)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Deputy Charles Flanagan: During 2016, my Department received 101 requests for landings by military aircraft at airports other than Shannon Airport from 17 countries. The details are set out in the following table: 
 Countries Casement Aerodrome Cork Airport Dublin Airport Knock Airport SligoAirport Waterford Airport Bahrain 2 Belgium 1 Canada 1 1 Cyprus 1 Czech Republic 1 France 6 17 1 1 Germany 3 ...

712. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the reason a British RAF Hercules C130J C5 landed at Shannon airport on 29 December 2016; if his attention had been drawn to its intention to land in advance or if he gave permission for it to land; if there were any other RAF aircraft landings at airports here in 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1955/17 asked on 17 Jan 2017 - Military Aircraft Landings)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Deputy Charles Flanagan: Under the Air Navigation (Foreign Military Aircraft) Order 1952, all foreign military aircraft require the permission of the Minister for Foreign Affairs to overfly or land in the State. Arrangements under which permission is granted for foreign military aircraft to land at Irish airports are governed by strict conditions. These include stipulations that the aircraft must be unarmed, carry no arms, ammunition or explosives and mus...

1585. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on the fact that an aeroplane (details supplied) landed at Shannon Airport at approximately 1 p.m. on Friday 30 December 2016 before proceeding to Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey and then back to Shannon; and if a munitions permit was sought and granted for this plane. (Question 1172/17 asked on 17 Jan 2017 - Military Aircraft Landings)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Deputy Shane Ross: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1585, 1609 and 1627 together.
Civil aircraft are not normally required to notify or seek permission for overflights of Ireland or for technical stops at Irish airports. The aircraft referred to made such a technical stop at Shannon on 30 December for refuelling purposes. The airline did not notify or seek permission from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in relation to this flight. 
The ca...

1627. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the reason an aircraft (details supplied) on contract to the United States of America military landed at Shannon airport twice between 30 December 2016 and 1 January 2017; if his attention had been drawn to the fact that it was en route to and from a NATO air base at Incirlik in southern Turkey; if he issued an exemption for it to carry munitions or dangerous goods on either or both legs of its journey; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1957/17 asked on 17 Jan 2017 - Military Aircraft Landings)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Deputy Shane Ross: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1585, 1609 and 1627 together.
Civil aircraft are not normally required to notify or seek permission for overflights of Ireland or for technical stops at Irish airports. The aircraft referred to made such a technical stop at Shannon on 30 December for refuelling purposes. The airline did not notify or seek permission from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in relation to this flight. 
The ca...