Press Release

Minister O´Malley attends Graduation of Air Traffic Controllers

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) today (4 August 2004) awarded certificates to 26 Air Traffic Controllers who graduated from the Authority´s Training School in Shannon, Co. Clare. Twenty five of the graduates are from across Ireland and one is from Spain.

This is the fourth graduation from the Authority´s training programme for Air Traffic Controllers, which began in 1997. A total of 91 air traffic controllers have now graduated from this programme and they have worked across the air travel industry both nationally and internationally.

Officiating at the ceremony in Adare, Co Limerick, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, Tim O´Malley, TD, congratulated the students who recently completed the rigorous two-year training programme. “The profession of Air Traffic Controller is an extremely challenging and responsible one. Air travellers and operators all rely on a professional Air Traffic Management team to get them safely to their destinations.”

Minister O´Malley also paid tribute to the safety record of the IAA adding: “I am happy to say that the Authority has a wonderful record in this field and the standards it has set have been well recognised by its peers in Europe and beyond.”