Written answers

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Airport Security

Photo of Catherine MurphyCatherine Murphy (Kildare North, Social Democrats)
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177. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 307 and 308 of 4 April 2019, the reason an executive summary of the report cannot be published on the competence of the IAA after a recent oversight audit on security matters which are of essential importance to the public interest; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that an appeal will be made to the Office of the Information Commissioner if a summary is not forthcoming; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17122/19]

Photo of Shane RossShane Ross (Dublin Rathdown, Independent)
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The report to which the Deputy refers is a recent European Commission inspection of the Irish Aviation Authority, which is the Appropriate Authority in the State under EC Regulation No 300/2008 on common rules in the field of civil aviation security.

This report is classified as EU Restricted which means that the disclosure of the information contained could be disadvantageous to the EU or one or more of its member states.

It includes findings that identify security issues specific to individual regulated entities. Hence the reports content is restricted so as not to enable such details be released into the public domain.

I am unable to comment further on the report or its contents.

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