Written answers

Wednesday, 2 March 2022

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Departmental Policies

Photo of Colm BurkeColm Burke (Cork North Central, Fine Gael)
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81. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the progress made to date in respect of the development of drone policy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11970/22]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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My Department is in the process of developing an overarching national policy framework for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The aim of the policy framework is to set out the vision, strategy, and priorities for the development of the UAS sector in Ireland. The framework will guide high-level strategic planning and development of the UAS sector over the short to medium term with the aim of supporting growth and innovation in the UAS sector while managing safety, security, environmental and other aspects. This will set out a roadmap for future activity, in response to the EU regulatory requirements and to the rapidly growing drone market, dealing with aviation aspects and broader whole-of-government aspects.

A steering group to oversee the work was established in July 2021, shortly followed by the establishment of three working groups. Membership of the steering group and working groups is drawn from primary stakeholders from relevant Government Departments and agencies to facilitate the development of a comprehensive and integrated policy. A targeted stakeholder consultation is currently underway, with a wider public consultation on a draft policy framework planned for Q2 2022 with the aim of publishing the finalised policy framework later in 2022.


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