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Tuesday, 17 November 2009

10:00 pm

Photo of Terence FlanaganTerence Flanagan (Dublin North East, Fine Gael)
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Question 252: To ask the Minister for Transport if he will respond to a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41779/09]

Photo of Noel DempseyNoel Dempsey (Minister, Department of Transport; Meath West, Fianna Fail)
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The Irish Aviation Authority is a commercial state-sponsored company which was established in 1994 to provide air navigation services in Irish-controlled airspace, and to regulate safety standards within the Irish civil aviation industry. The Authority receives no money from the Exchequer and funds all its services and infrastructure through charges on its airline customers and its regulatory clients. The new Visual Control Tower (VCT) will be subject to a competitive tender process in accordance with the Department of Finance guidelines on procurement. The proposed new VCT is not a component of the NDP 2007-2013. The VCT process will be subject to all Department of Finance guidelines on procurement and value for money.

The purpose and function of the new VCT will be to facilitate safe and efficient terminal air navigation services at Dublin Airport if and when the Dublin Airport Authority proceeds with the parallel runway at Dublin Airport. As I have already stated, it will not be constructed if the parallel runway does not proceed.

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