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78. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the total use her Department has made of the Government jet since coming into office; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [40685/16]

79. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the total use her Department has made of the Government jet per annum from March 2011 to February 2016, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [40702/16]

Answer

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 78 and 79 together.
The Ministerial Air Transport Service provides the Government and the President with an independent, flexible and effective air transport service to assist in meeting national and international obligations. The use of any Air Corps aircraft for Ministerial transport is subject to the authorisation of An Taoiseach. The Deputy will wish to be aware that details of all Ministerial Air Transport use, broken down by year since 2008 to date, is available on the website of the Department of Defence.
The information available is listed by Departure Date, Return Date, Ministerial Time on Board, Route, Department and Passengers.
Details can be found via the following web address: http://www.defence.ie/WebSite.nsf/Document+ID/FFF14F42B7DA240280257632003D5C94?OpenDocument.