Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 18 February 2015
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions
Use of Irish Airspace and Landing Facilities: (Resumed) Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport
My understanding from the hearing is that a diplomatic note applies to the military aircraft. Is the Minister saying that a diplomatic note would apply to a cargo aircraft from the United States as well? Our understanding from the hearings we have had is that the diplomatic note almost turns the aircraft into a travelling embassy. I do not believe we were aware that was the situation as regards civilian or cargo aircraft. The Minister said that 19 requests have been turned down. What is the nature of that understanding between the Minister's Department and the Departments of Justice and Equality and Foreign Affairs and Trade?