Dáil debates

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate

Aviation Industry

3:40 pm

Photo of Kieran O'DonnellKieran O'Donnell (Limerick City, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

This is an issue we are all united on. I will set out what I want from the Minister. First, in terms of the Limerick and Shannon region, Shannon Airport is vital to connectivity. We accept that we are going through a pandemic. When will the Government bring in the new traffic light system that has been passed by the European Commission? We want to see that implemented in full. When will it be implemented? Second, testing is coming front and centre in terms of the way airlines and airports operate. Where do we stand on a proper rapid testing system for airports in Ireland? We all accept we are in a pandemic. However, the airline business employs 140,000 people. We are an island nation and we need connectivity.

We must think outside the box. I will conclude by asking a question about the National Public Health Emergency Team, NPHET, which does fantastic work. Have we now reached the point where its remit needs to be broadened and do we need to bring in experts in testing? The Minister might reply to those matters.


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