Declan Breathnach TD
Louth (and East Meath)

12th December 2019

 

Breathnach calls for legislation on drones as Christmas approaches

 

– Drones have become a popular Christmas present in recent years –
Fianna Fáil TD Declan Breathnach has called on the Government to legislate for drones which have become a popular Christmas present in recent years. Breathnach called on the Government to support Small Unmanned Aircraft (Drones) Bill which was introduced by Fianna Fáíl spokesperson on Science, Technology, Research and Development Deputy James Lawless.

 

Breathnach called for this following a recent survey which shows that the Gardaí, Air Corps and the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) are ill-equipped to deal with threats posed by drones. Deputy Lawless’ bill would mean that drones are registered with the IAA and issued with a registration certificate thus creating traceability and accountability.

 

Breathnach commented “In the last few years we have seen an increase in the purchase of drones. Like all technology, drones offer great opportunities, being used in many new industries, emergency services or simply as a hobby.”

 

“However, drones present a number of issues that need to be addressed. Last Christmas we saw huge disruption and cancellations at Gatwick Airport due to drones. Smaller scale disruption was seen in Dublin Airport earlier this year. It’s unbelievable how one person with these small devices can cause so many flights to cancel and waste so much time, money and resources.”

 

“The results of this survey show that our Air Corps pilots believe they are ill-equipped and ill-informed about how to deal with drones is not acceptable. The Government have sat on their hands on the issue when there is a clear gap in the legislation. I hope this can be resolved quickly to ensure drones can be used safely and responsibly.

 

 
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Declan Breathnach T.D., Leinster House, Dublin 2 (Declan – 087 2697638)
(T) 01 6183549 (Email) declan.breathnach@oireachtas.ie