Coronavirus: Historic Ireland-China PPE flights lands in Dublin


A historic flight from the Republic of Ireland to China to collect personal protective equipment (PPE) has landed back in Dublin.

The Aer Lingus flight from Dublin to Beijing was the airline’s first ever scheduled trip to China.

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The plane, named St Ronán, touched down at about 15:00 local time on Sunday.

The equipment will be distributed to healthcare facilities from Sunday evening, Irish Health Minister Simon Harris said.

It is the first of 10 flights to Beijing to deliver PPE to Ireland as part of a €208m (£180m) deal.

Some of the PPE from these flights is believed to be destined for Northern Ireland.

NI Finance Minister Conor Murphy last week said a “significant consignment” of PPE would be sent from China after a joint order by the Irish government and the Stormont executive.




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