Written answers

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Aviation Policy

Photo of Michael Healy-RaeMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry, Independent)
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1025. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to address a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3241/20]

Photo of Shane RossShane Ross (Dublin Rathdown, Independent)
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The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) is the competent authority for aviation safety regulation in Ireland, including drones. The safe operation of drones in Ireland is currently regulated by the Irish Aviation Authority Small Unmanned Aircraft (Drones) and Rockets Order 2015, S.I. 563 of 2015. The 2015 Order prohibits operating of a drone in a negligent or reckless manner so as to endanger life or cause damage to the property of others.  In addition the IAA has published guidance material to encourage safe and responsible drone operation.

In light of new EU drone Regulations, the IAA is currently reviewing S.I. 563 of 2015. Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/945 and Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947 were published to ensure harmonised, safe and secure drone production and use across Europe. These Regulations cover essential requirements to mitigate risks pertaining to the safety of the flight, privacy, and protection of personal data, security or the environment, arising from the operation of drones.


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