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No Anti-Drone Tech At Dublin Airport "Criminally Irresponsible"

Ciara Noble
Ciara Noble

01:23 5 Mar 2023

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The failure to install anti-drone technology at Dublin airport years ago is almost "criminally irresponsible", according to a top aviation expert.

The danger drones posed was first identified in 2018, when Gatwick Airport was forced to close days before Christmas, affecting thousands of Irish passengers.

There have been six sightings of drones at Dublin airport since January this year.

A memo on anti-drone technology is to go to Cabinet on Tuesday.

Aviation journalist Gerry Byrne says the problem could have been solved years ago, saying "they had the example of what could happen in Dublin, in front of their eyes, 4 and a half years ago in Gatwick.

Thousands of Irish passengers were affected, Irish airlines were affected. We learned the lesson then, why didn't we put the solution into operation. Any other way of dealing with this is quite frankly dangerous."

Elsewhere, the Labour party's transport spokesperson has called the government's response "very lethargic".

Duncan Smith says the response by the Transport Minister, Eamon Ryan, has not been quick enough.

The Dublin-Fingal TD says it's essential government ministers bring this technology in quickly.

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