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Written Answers. - Reform of Aer Rianta.

Tuesday, 26 November 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 No. 1

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 91. Mr. R. Bruton Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton  asked the Minister for Transport Information on Seamus Brennan Zoom on Seamus Brennan  his plans to reform Aer Rianta. [23515/02]

 104. Mr. J. Bruton Information on John Bruton Zoom on John Bruton  asked the Minister for Transport Information on Seamus Brennan Zoom on Seamus Brennan  if he intends to reform Aer Rianta. [23516/02]

Minister for Transport (Mr. Brennan): Information on Seamus Brennan Zoom on Seamus Brennan I propose to take Questions Nos. 91 and 104 together.

As provided in the programme for Government, we will seek to secure a viable long-term future for all our State companies without any ideological preconceptions. The issue of the most appropriate form of ownership or structure for State companies will be dealt with on a case by case basis. We are also committed to ensuring that public enterprise is managed in the spirit of social partnership with a view to achieving optimum service delivery and value for the public.

In the case of Aer Rianta, the programme for Government also sets out two initiatives regarding the State airports which are relevant to the structure of the company going forward. These are the commitments to ensure that Shannon and Cork airports have greater autonomy and independence and to examine proposals for a new independent terminal at Dublin airport and to progress them if the evidence suggests that such a terminal will deliver significant benefits.

In the case of Shannon and Cork airports, I have already made it clear that the issue of greater autonomy is being considered solely in the context of continued State ownership of those airports. I have given detailed replies to other questions today on these matters.


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