Written answers

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Department of An Taoiseach

National Development Plan

Photo of Mary Lou McDonaldMary Lou McDonald (Leader of the Opposition; Dublin Central, Sinn Fein)
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20. To ask the Taoiseach the role of his Department and the shared island unit in increasing air connectivity on the island as committed to in the National Development Plan 2021-2030. [49903/21]

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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The National Development Plan affirms the Government’s commitment, set out in the Programme for Government and under the New Decade New Approach Agreement, to work with the Executive and the UK Government for increased air connectivity on the island of Ireland, taking account of the outcome of a review on the viability of air routes on the island.

I am informed that this review is currently being finalised by the Department of Transport and will be provided to the Minister for Transport shortly.

The Shared Island unit in my Department acts as a driver and coordinator of a whole of Government initiative, including to support delivery of commitments on Shared Island set out in the Programme for Government. The unit engages with Government Departments and Agencies which have the policy responsibility and resource management functions in respect of sectoral and thematic areas of cross-border cooperation, including the Department of Transport.

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