Irish Aviation Authority Act, 1993

Directions by Minister to company.

7.—(1) The Minister may give a direction in writing to the company—

(a) requiring the company—

(i) to comply with policy decisions of a general kind made by the Government in relation to aviation in so far as the decisions affect functions of the company, or

(ii) to do or refrain from doing anything to which a function of the company relates specified in the direction the doing, or the refraining from the doing, of which is, in the opinion of the Minister, necessary or expedient in the national interest or for the purpose of enabling the Government or the State to become a member of an international organisation whose principal function or one of whose principal functions relates to air navigation or a party to an international agreement relating wholly or mainly to air navigation or to discharge its obligations as a member of such an organisation or as a party to such an agreement,

(b) requiring the company—

(i) to give a direction—

(I) under paragraph (h) of section 60 (1) in relation to a specified area,

(II) under subparagraph (I) of paragraph (i) of section 60 (1) in relation to specified restrictions on the flight of aircraft in a specified area of airspace, or

(III) under subparagraph (II) of the said paragraph (i) in relation to a specified area of airspace,


(ii) to revoke or amend a direction given by the company under section 60 (1) pursuant to a direction of the Minister under this subsection,

(c) for the purposes of section 16 of the Act of 1988, or

(d) whenever the Minister is satisfied that the interests of the State or the public so require, requiring the company to achieve and maintain, in relation to the measures taken by it and the human and material resources employed by it for the purpose of safeguarding civil aviation against acts of unlawful interference, standards not lower than those specified.

(2) If the company considers that compliance by it with a direction under subsection (1) would adversely affect the safety of aircraft, it shall so inform the Minister.

(3) The company shall comply with a direction under this section.