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Written Answers - Ministerial Air Transport Service

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 481.  Deputy Michael Healy-Rae Information on Michael Healy-Rae Zoom on Michael Healy-Rae  asked the Minister for Defence Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter  his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding the Government jets; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16841/12]

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter The Ministerial Air Transport Service (MATS) is primarily provided by the Gulfstream IV and Learjet 45 aircraft which, whilst acquired specifically for that purpose, are also assigned a range of other taskings from time to time including Air Ambulance missions, humanitarian operations and support for Search and Res[906]cue, Mountain Rescue and Pollution Control operations. The flexibility that these aircraft provide will also be particularly valuable during Ireland’s upcoming Presidency of the European Union. There are no plans at present to dispose of either aircraft, and ultimately any decision in this regard will be a matter for Government.

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