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Written Answers. - Navigation Systems.

Wednesday, 6 February 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 547 No. 4

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 56. Mr. Howlin Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin  asked the Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources Information on Frank Fahey Zoom on Frank Fahey  the progress which has been made with regard to drawing up of Government policy on radio navigational aids; when the promised consultation document will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3496/02]

Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources (Mr. Fahey): Information on Frank Fahey Zoom on Frank Fahey As I have previously informed the House, there was an unexpected change of policy by Norway and Germany at a meeting last May of the International Steering Committee which manages the Loran-C radio navigation system. At that meeting, those countries formally gave qualified notice of their withdrawal from the system at the expiry of the current agreement in 2004. As a result of this unexpected development, and in the likely absence of Loran-C after the expiry of that agreement, I directed that Ireland proceed to determine its own marine radio-navigation strategy.

In this regard my Department, together with the Commissioners of Irish Lights, are in the process of drawing up a document setting out an assessment of the state of radio-based aids to navigation around Ireland and the options for the future. This document, when completed, will be used as the basis for a consultation process with all stakeholders. I expect this document to be completed by Summer 2002.

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