Written answers

Thursday, 9 March 2023

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Air Safety

Photo of Cian O'CallaghanCian O'Callaghan (Dublin Bay North, Social Democrats)
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186. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide an update on his plan to tackle drone activity in Dublin Airport; when anti-drone technology will be available to prevent this issue from continuing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12150/23]

Photo of Jack ChambersJack Chambers (Dublin West, Fianna Fail)
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The Government agreed on Tuesday 7 March to appoint daa to purchase and deploy counter drone technology at Dublin airport as a matter of urgency. daa is already examining potential technology solutions and engaging with potential suppliers with a view to having counter drone technology operational at Dublin Airport in a matter of weeks.

The Government also agreed that consideration will also be given to the tasking of an existing state agency to select and deploy counter drone technology more broadly to protect critical infrastructure, including our airports, in the medium to longer term.


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