Written Answers. - Aer Rianta Report.

Tuesday, 27 April 1999

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 503 No. 6

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  102.  Mrs. Owen  Information on Nora Owen  Zoom on Nora Owen   asked the Minister for Public Enterprise  Information on Mary O'Rourke  Zoom on Mary O'Rourke   her views on a recent statement issued by the Chambers of Commerce of Ireland's air transport users committee regarding the break-up of Aer Rianta's monopoly in Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10955/99]

Minister for Public Enterprise (Mrs. O'Rourke): Information on Mary O'Rourke  Zoom on Mary O'Rourke  I am aware of the recent statement issued by the Chambers of Commerce of Ireland's air transport users committee regarding airports policy and the future of Aer Rianta.

It would not be appropriate for me, however, to speculate on any future development in respect of Aer Rianta, until I have given serious consideration to the report on the future strategic direction of Aer Rianta which was submitted to me by the board of the company on 15 April 1999. I am studying the contents of the report and I look forward to hearing the views of all interested parties.

The Minister for Finance and I have jointly appointed a team of advisors led by Warburg Dillon Read to assist us both in our examination of the Aer Rianta report and to advise on the full range of options for the company. The consultants are expected to take about two months to complete their work.

Any decision about the future of Aer Rianta will be one for the Government to take following a recommendation by me.


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