Tuesday, 10 February 2009
Dáil Eireann Debate
223. Deputy Charles Flanagan asked the Minister for Finance when the new customs cutter and new X-ray container scanner will be purchased and in service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4466/09]
Minister for Finance (Deputy Brian Lenihan): I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that construction of the second Revenue cutter is proceeding well. Delivery is expected in September 2009 and, on that basis, plans are in place to have the cutter in service by the end of the year.
Revenue will be going to tender shortly for the purchase of the new scanner. Pending the outcome of the tender process, it is not possible to be precise about timing. However the Commissioners have advised me that it is intended that the scanner will be purchased this year and put into service as soon as possible thereafter, allowing for commissioning, training etc.
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