Dáil Éireann - Volume 677 - 11 March, 2009
Written Answers. - Ministerial Travel.
Deputy Fergus O’Dowd Deputy Fergus O’Dowd
 Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Taoiseach his policy concerning the use of helicopters for official Government business; if he is required to approve or sign off on requests for helicopter travel; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10290/09]
The Taoiseach Bertie Ahern
The Taoiseach: I take it that the Deputy is referring to the policy for use of the Air Corps helicopters by office holders. Office holders may apply to use an Air Corps helicopter or an aircraft which is part of the Ministerial Air Transport Service. In all cases, my approval is required before an Air Corps helicopter or a Ministerial Air Transport Service aircraft can be used. Procedurally, requests for such use are made to my office by Ministers’ private secretaries and are dealt with, in the first instance, by the staff of my office. Requests are examined by my staff with regard to the need for and purpose of travel, the destination and other logistical details. Any necessary clarification or further information is sought at this point. All screened requests are then submitted to me for my consideration and approval, if deemed appropriate. Once approved, all operational matters are settled directly between the office of the office holder in question and the Department of Defence or the Air Corps.
Dáil Éireann 677 Written Answers. Ministerial Travel.