Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Marian Harkin (Sligo-Leitrim, Independent)
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994. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will consider State support to a company (details supplied) due to the Covid-19 crisis and in the context of the almost complete shutdown of the aviation industry. [5952/20]

Photo of Shane RossShane Ross (Dublin Rathdown, Independent)
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My Department is continuing to monitor the financial impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the aviation sector.

Some measures have already been put in place by the Government such as the wage subsidy scheme and unemployment benefits to support industries, including aviation, in these difficult times. Many EU Governments have already stepped in to provide specific support for airlines. It is not evident at this stage that, other than the general business supports that are available in Ireland, that the need for further immediate support is necessary for the Irish industry. Any Government support for airlines would have to be clearly justified by reference to strategic interests. 

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