Ministers will meet with Gardaí and aviation experts this evening to discuss way to tackle the recent drone chaos at Dublin Airport.
Flights have been disrupted at the airport for three of the past four days due to drone sightings near the runway – with thousands of passengers seeing their travel plans disrupted.
Speaking to Newstalk on his way into Cabinet this morning, Minister Ryan warned anyone thinking of flying a drone near an airport that they would be “taking a huge risk with their own liberty”.
The Transport Minister says anyone flying a drone near the airport is “taking a huge risk with their own liberty”.https://t.co/7bbI9XNhTt pic.twitter.com/J2TVasXhPy
— NewstalkFM (@NewstalkFM) February 7, 2023
Ryanair has called on the Government to “step up and take action” and this afternoon the Department for Transport has confirmed that ministers would hold a meeting on the issue this evening.
Ministers Eamon Ryan and Jack Chambers will be joined by representatives of An Garda Síochána, officials from DAA, the Irish Aviation Authority and the Department of Justice.
"The relevant authorities continue to investigate the incidents," a spokesperson for the Department of Transport said.
“There are EU and national rules in place around the use of drones, including an exclusion zone of 5km around airports.”
Main image: Split screen of a drone and Eamon Ryan.