Dáil debates

Thursday, 28 January 2016

12:55 pm

Photo of Jerry ButtimerJerry Buttimer (Cork South Central, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

May I also be associated with the remarks to the Leas-Cheann Comhairle? I wish Deputy Sandra McLellan, who is a member of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children, well and thank her for her work on the committee. I thank and pay tribute to my good friend, Deputy Dinny McGinley, who is also leaving us.

This morning, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deputy Paschal Donohoe, launched the Tourism Action Plan 2016-2018, which contains 23 actions. Through the Tánaiste's good offices, could she take up the issue of the Norwegian Air flight from Cork to Boston with the US authorities? It is an important issue that will increase connectivity for the smaller airlines. It is not in breach of the EU-US Open Skies policy, but will augment it and help bring more tourists into our country. Could the Tánaiste intervene with the Taoiseach and the Minister to intercede and ensure we get those flights from Cork to Boston?


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