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Written Answers. - Exclusion Zone.

Wednesday, 12 June 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 466 No. 7

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 58. Mr. Sargent Information on Trevor Sargent Zoom on Trevor Sargent  asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Information on Dick Spring Zoom on Dick Spring  whether an exclusion zone is being declared around the United States aircraft carrier due to visit Dublin in July 1996; if so, if any such exclusion zone will be within Ireland's territorial waters; the body/organisation that will police the zone; if any such zone will be regarded as United States territory; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12241/96]

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Spring): Information on Dick Spring Zoom on Dick Spring An exclusion zone of 300 metres, determined by the competent Irish authorities, will be in force around the USS John F. Kennedy from 2 to 7 July, to ensure the safe embarkation and disembarkation of all passengers. I understand that Notices to Mariners, to that effect, have been issued by the relevant harbour authorities. The Garda Síochána, assisted by the Irish Naval Service, will be responsible for the exclusion zone in question [1879] which remains part of Ireland's territorial waters.


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