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Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Duncan Smith: I welcome that assurance and I am sure the trade union movement and the workers will as well. Regarding connectivity, will the Minister give any commitment tonight to act, even to write a letter to the CEOs of the airport groups and the companies, to ensure that important routes such as Knock to Gatwick and Cork to Heathrow and the transatlantic routes involving Shannon, to name but a...

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Shane Ross: The Deputy has probably seen from what has been happening in recent weeks that there has been a concerted effort to keep all the airports open and running and ready for the recovery, the exception being Knock Airport. Knock Airport closed down but intends to reopen on, I think, 1 July. That decision was taken by the airport itself. My intention is, and I am sure my successor's intention...

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Duncan Smith: I ask also that the Minister write to senior management in the two major airlines, for two separate reasons. The way in which Aer Lingus communicates with its staff and their unions has been very poor. The method of rather dour, foreboding video messages to staff - I am not sure whether the Minister has seen them - has just added to the overall sense of uncertainty, unease and despair in...

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Shane Ross: Not all airlines have these HEPA filters. Ryanair and Aer Lingus do and I will send the Deputy the details on the other ones if he wants them. On the point the Deputy made about the United Kingdom, one of the initiatives being taken by Europe is that when we open up, we would start by opening up with countries that have matching Covid-19 levels. We are conscious of the fact that we are...

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Joe O'Brien: I want to get clarification on trying to separate Ireland from the UK in terms of how our European partners view us. Is anything happening with that? I want to express concern about that.

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Shane Ross: I see no sign of anybody separating us from the UK in that way.

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Joe O'Brien: I want to express concern about the issue of HEPA filters. Does the Minister have any idea how many aircraft or what airlines do not have HEPA filters? He said Ryanair and Aer Lingus do but what percentage do not?

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Shane Ross: I do not know but I can let the Deputy know. I know Ryanair and Aer Lingus do and I can let the Deputy know what others do and do not.

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Duncan Smith: I thank the Minister for facilitating this important debate tonight and for his opening statement. I listened to it and I read it and it gave me a sense that the gravity of the situation affecting the aviation sector is not lost on the Minister. I welcome the setting up of a task force. It is a welcome and much-needed move. Will the Minister commit to the House tonight that the trade...

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Shane Ross: I will listen closely to the advice of the Minister for Finance on that and on the state of the public finances. My predisposition would be that there should be full support for those people who have lost their jobs and who are out of work. What way it is done does not particularly matter except that these people are supported. We will have to look at the public finances as well to see how...

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Shane Ross: I thank the Deputy. I cannot make judgments on statements such as those the Deputy makes in the House without hearing what I consider to be the full facts. I do not doubt what the Deputy is saying but I cannot say what Aer Lingus is doing is outrageous. I can write to it and convey to it what the Deputy has said. If there is a good case for the company meeting these people, sure, I will...

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Joe O'Brien: I have three follow-up questions although I do not expect the Minister to have the answer to the first one. Do all aircraft landing in and leaving Ireland have high efficiency particulate air, HEPA, filters, which can block Covid from travelling? That may be a question for referral to the Irish Aviation Authority. What efforts if any is the Minister making to try to separate Ireland from...

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Shane Ross: I will communicate with the Deputy about that.

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Kieran O'Donnell: I thank the Minister.

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Joe Carey: I thank the Ceann Comhairle for facilitating this debate at my request last week. A lot has been said and we are more or less wrapping up this section. I join my colleague, Deputy Kieran O'Donnell, on the situation with Aer Lingus in Shannon Airport. It is vital that the Shannon to Heathrow route is restored at the earliest opportunity. Shannon Airport is being dealt with differently from...

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: In the 30 seconds remaining.

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Shane Ross: The Deputy has asked five or six questions. I will answer him on several of them. Shannon is an area that has made representations to us on many issues, which have been covered by Deputies Carey, O'Donnell and others. We are very conscious of them and we will consider them in the light of every other plea that comes our way. I am aware of the fact the Deputy has made representations on...

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: The Minister might correspond with the Deputies on the matters that have not been addressed. I call Deputy Joe O'Brien on behalf of the Green Party.

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Joe O'Brien: Aer Lingus's parent company, IAG, has informed investors of its €10 billion war chest to see it through the pandemic. They are currently in talks to acquire additional airlines in Spain and Austria, all the while taking advantage of wage subsidy schemes in Ireland, England and Spain. I wish to raise concerns about the actions of Aer Lingus management in the Dublin area in terms of...

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Shane Ross: With regard to the question on bicycles, I thank the Deputy for her contribution. Although it is not up to me, I will convey her wishes to the Minister for Finance. On the second question, there is a certain misunderstanding about that scheme. It was introduced for two reasons. We must remember there is a guarantee of the money to the people who have actually had the cancellation. The...

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