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Shannon Airport lands international award

SHANNON Airport’s route promotion endeavours have won international recognition again as it claimed the ‘Highly Commended’ award for Airports under 4m passengers at the Routes Europe Airport Marketing Awards in Marseille. The only Irish airport shortlisted for what are the most prestigious awards in the aviation industry in Europe, Shannon received the recognition for its exploits in marketing the airport over the past 12 months. The City of Airport Bremen was the outright winner of the awards, with Shannon ‘Highly Commended’ in its category ahead of John Paul II International Airport, Kraków-Balice, Poland; George Enescu International Airport, Bacau, Romania; Begishevo Airport, Russia; and David the Builder Kutaisi International Airport, Georgia. The awards provide the airline community with the chance to have their say as to which airport or destination they think provides the best overall marketing activities to them. The Awards took place at Routes Europe Networking Evening in Marseille, France and were hosted by Marseille Provence Airport. Shannon also …

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Dooley demands action on Shannon Group

FIANNA Fáil Transport and Tourism spokesperson Timmy Dooley has called on the Government to speed up legislation to establish the body that will oversee business development in the Shannon-Limerick region. The laws will see the establishment of the Shannon Group, which will act as an umbrella organisation for Shannon International Airport, Shannon Heritage, the International Aviation Services Centre (IASC) and Shannon Development. “I have been apprehensive in the past about the establishment of this new entity. Shannon Development has had its core ripped from it and handed over to another organisation, and it’s still unclear what sort of remit this new group will have. The lack of Government progress on this issue has led to a vacuum developing, and an effective stalling of the project. “A draft Bill to pave the way for the new entity was approved by the Transport and Jobs Ministers last July, but the legislation has never been published. We need to see this Bill so …

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Dougie responds to late call up

In a departure from its normal type of event, Shannon Chamber joined forces with mobile telecoms operator Three to host a morning conversation between rugby stars, former Irish and Leinster winger,  Shane Horgan and Munster’s Dougie Howlett in Dromoland Castle Hotel. In true rugby style, former All Black Dougie Howlett answered a last-minute call up to step into Ronan O’Gara’s shoes due to Ronan’s unfortunate unavailability for family reasons. A former Munster captain, Howlett was forced to retire from the professional game at the end of last season due to a shoulder injury. He has remained in Cork with his family and is now working as a Corporate Ambassador with the Munster Rugby’s Commercial Board. Undaunted by the task Howlett enthralled the audience with his recollections of playing for the All Blacks, his move to Ireland to join Munster Rugby, and his views on how the skills and disciplines amassed during a rugby career prepare players for the next phase …

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Killaloe rugby legends get behind Cycle Against Suicide

  IRISH rugby legends, Killaloe duo Anthony Foley and Keith Wood have put their shoulder to the wheel so to speak by endorsing the forthcoming Cycle Against Suicide. Both are happy to spread the message that ‘it’s ok not to feel ok and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help.’ The duo will be on home ground this Friday night at 8.30pm to lend their support to the Cycle Against Suicide at a press event in Wood Brothers, Main Street, Killaloe. This year’s cycle will take in the entire island of Ireland over the course of two weeks, stopping in Newcastle West, Limerick and Ennis on May 2 and 3. A large group of cyclists from Killaloe, led by locals Pádraig Egan, Timothy and Joss Lowry, will make their own mini-Cycle Against Suicide starting from Killaloe to Limerick on May 3.  There, they will link up with the rest of the pelethon at Crescent College Comprehensive in Dooradoyle.  At that point, up to …

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Promoting Shannon in the Big Apple

By Owen Ryan SHANNON Airport representatives were in New York to promote Aer Lingus’ first year round service to the Big Apple since 2009. Shannon Airport Chair Rose Hynes and Marketing Manager Marie Slattery led the delegation and during the four-day visit they held meetings with New York based business interests and investors with regard to the activities of the wider Shannon Group. Ms Hynes said that the American market for services into the West of Ireland is heating up. “We have had a tremendous response from the trade, which is our key audience this week, as well as US media. There is a particular demand from the US for services into the western half of the country and Shannon because of the uniqueness of the product we have. “Shannon is, of course, the only airport on the entire Atlantic coast with direct access from the US and we are delighted to have strengthened the services this year again. The …

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McNamara chairs live Snowden video-link

CLARE Labour TD, Michael McNamara, will this afternoon chair a parliamentary hearing in Strasbourg on mass surveillance, which will include a live video-link from Moscow with US whistleblower Edward Snowden. The video-link at the hearing on mass surveillance takes placethis afternoon at a session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg. Other participants at the hearing include the former head of Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service Hansjarg Geiger, who wants to regulate intelligence activities between friendly states, and London-based international law professor Douwe Korff. Deputy McNamara said: “Edward Snowden has triggered a worldwide debate on whistleblowers and that debate has fed into our internal discussions here. Given the recent controversies surrounding the practice of whistleblowing in Ireland, I hope to glean some interesting insights from today’s hearing in general. I’ll also be using the session to ask about the ECJ’s recent judgment on the invalidity of the data retention directive in Ireland and the implications it …

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McLoughlin urges Government to address ‘property ladder black hole’

CLARE County Councillor Sean McLoughlin has called for a review of Government and banking policy to help the thousands of Clare people who find themselves in a “property ladder black hole”. The Shannon-based Councillor said people on lower incomes are being left behind and unable to own, purchase or build homes due to restrictive social housing list and mortgage qualification criteria. “In a State that boasts a constitutional entitlement for every person to own a home, it is clear that not all of our citizens are being catered for. Many cannot get on the council housing list, cannot secure a mortgage or do not qualify for rent supplement,” he stated. Councillor McLoughlin explained the “property ladder black hole” related to individuals on an income of €35,000. He continued, “The simple matter is that any person earning €35,000 or under cannot obtain a mortgage yet many are paying a monthly rent equivalent to a monthly mortgage payment. Similarly, persons earning €35,000 …

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More Money for Clare Roads

LOCAL authorities in Clare will receive a further financial allocation under the Community Involvement Scheme which will pave the way for works on the county’s regional and local road network. Environment Minister Leo Varadkar confirmed in the Dáil that he is allocating an additional €4.5 million to the CIS, on top of the €2.3 million previously allocated in 2013. Clare Fine Gael Senator Tony Mulcahy has welcomed the additional funding. “I am delighted that Clare roads are to receive funding from the Community Involvement Scheme (CIS) again this year. CIS funding totalling €550,000 allowed for 26 road works projects in Clare in 2013 covering over 17 kilometres of road. This was the third highest number of completed projects in the country. “This scheme was designed to fund works on local roads which would usually only be considered for funding towards the end of a council’s road programme, after more heavily trafficked routes had been worked on. ”It is crucial that …

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