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Written Answers. - Airline Pilot's Training.

Wednesday, 8 May 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 465 No. 1

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 185. Mr. Lawlor Information on Liam Lawlor Zoom on Liam Lawlor  asked the Minister for Enterprise and Employment Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton  whether employment practices within the Irish aviation industry are discriminating against qualified Irish nationals (details supplied) who have undergone expensive training and who are unable to obtain licence validation in other EU countries; and his views in respect of this issue. [9142/96]

Minister for Enterprise and Employment (Mr. R. Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton The position regarding the employment difficulties being encountered by qualified Irish pilots has recently been brought to my attention. Last week officials from my Department met with representatives from the Irish Air Line Pilots Association to discuss the situation and consequent on that meeting the question of training Irish pilots to the type rating level required has been raised with the air line companies concerned. An early response is anticipated in view of the impending peak season for the travel trade. The question of licence validation in other EU countries is a matter for the relevant aviation authorities in each country concerned.


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