Dáil Éireann - Volume 661 - 24 September, 2008

Written Answers. - State Airports.

Deputy Pat Breen asked the Minister for Transport, further to Parliamentary Question No. 104 of the 22 May 2008, if negotiations on the extension to the US Customs and Border Protection facility at Shannon Airport have been progressed; if legislation to give effect to this extension will be put before the Houses of the Oireachtas during this term; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30597/08]

  Deputy Noel Dempsey: Significant progress continues to be made between Irish and U.S. officials towards the conclusion of an Inter-Governmental Agreement between our two countries on the introduction of pre-clearance facilities at Dublin and Shannon Airports. I am hopeful that this agreement can be concluded in the near future. Work will then commence on drafting the necessary legislation, which will be introduced as soon as possible. As I have stated previously it is my hope that the timing of construction of the new CBP facility at Shannon can be aligned with the passage of the legislation to the extent that it is practical and feasible to do so.