Statistics on Munitions of War

DTTAS Monthly Report on Munitions of War Exemptions issued under the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Order, 1973, (S.I. No. 224 of1973)

Munitions of War/Dangerous Goods Overview

The Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Order, S.I. 224 1973, as amended, provides that no munitions or weapons of war may be carried by an aircraft in Irish airspace without an exemption granted under the Order. The Minister’s functions are limited to munitions or weapons of war and the Minister has no function in relation to the transport of troops themselves. Similarly, the Order, under which the exemptions for the carriage of the unloaded weapons in aircraft are granted, does not contain any requirements regarding the storage of exempted items, such as unloaded weapons.

The Order applies only to civil aircraft, not military or State aircraft. Where a civil aircraft is being used to carry munitions or weapons of war the airline is required to apply for such an exemption under the order.

For all such applications this Department seeks the views of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in relation to foreign policy issues and the Department of Justice in relation to security issues. If the munitions involved are also classified as 'dangerous goods' the views of the Irish Aviation Authority is sought in relation to aviation safety issues. Applications are also sent to the Department of Defence.

The statistics published on this page provide a breakdown of the number of munitions of war exemption applications processed during the course of each month.