A MAN HAS been charged in relation to an incident of drone activity at Dublin Airport last month, and is due to appear before the criminal courts this morning. 

The drone activity occurred on Tuesday 24 January.

The man was arrested by Gardaí contrary to the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, 1997.

It is illegal to fly drones within 5km of the airport.

Government ministers met with aviation officials and gardaí on Tuesday to address drone activity at Dublin Airport that caused flights to be delayed and diverted over the weekend. 

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan and Minister of State for International Road Transport Jack Chambers met with representatives from the daa (Dublin Airport Authority), the Irish Aviation Authority, the Department of Justice and gardaí.

The ministers said they take the issue very seriously and will work with the relevant state bodies to ensure ensure it is tackled effectively. 

A statement from the Department of Transport detailed that the daa has a drone detection system in operation that gives early warning of illegal drone activity. 

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