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The Champion Report -Episode 3

THE latest news and views from Clare Champion journalists Carol Byrne and Owen Ryan. This week they discuss the inquest into last May’s double drowning in Ennis, the plight of Shannon Airport, the Kilkee murder trial, LIT opening a Clare campus and the impact of smartphone use on young minds.

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“Everyone likes to see them coming home”

MANY tears of happiness have been shed in the terminal of Shannon Airport over the last week, as loved ones are welcomed home for Christmas. People whose journeys began in Australia, America, the UK and many other countries are all being welcomed back into their families, with almost 73,000 expected to come through the airport over the festive period. George Egan from Inagh was waiting expectantly outside arrivals on Wednesday morning for his London-based son, also called George. Making his way to Shannon to pick up his son had been no chore. “I’m delighted, it’ll be great to see him. The rest of the family are coming tomorrow too.” Young George works in finance in the UK and was glad to be home. “I’m back for a couple of weeks, so I’m delighted with that. It’s good to see him [his father], it’s been a few months since I’ve been back. I didn’t think he’d set this up!” he joked, …

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United plane to leave Shannon following bomb hoax

THE Rome-Chicago flight which diverted to Shannon yesterday is set to continue onwards at 3pm this afternoon, after no explosive device was found. Emergency services spent hours searching luggage on the runway at Shannon yesterday afternoon, while passengers were also forced to spend long spells outside, having disembarked from the aircraft. It is understood that messages were written on a mirror and a door in the toilets of the plane, warning of a bomb. Once the passengers were taken off, sniffer dogs searched the luggage while a subsequent visual search was carried out. Samples of handwriting were also taken from those on board. Passengers spent the night in local hotels and it is understood many of them missed onward connections as a result of the delay. Owen Ryan

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Anti-Terror Exercise Staged at Shannon Airport

Members of the Emergency Response Unit, Regional Armed Support Unit and Garda Air Support Unit as well as the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit were involved in a simulated anti-terrorism training exercise at Shannon Airport this Tuesday morning. The staged event saw the airport being stormed by an armed group, calling themselves the Doomsday Cult. During the simulated attack, the terrorist group fired blank rounds of ammunition at trainee gardaí who were acting as passengers in the departures lounge of Shannon Airport. As the exercise progressed it triggered a coordinated armed response from members of the Garda Air Support Unit, the Defence Forces, the naval service, the air corps, the EOD, and Shannon Airport personnel . The situation then moved to a hostage negotiation scenario where a tactical team was deployed to reason with the terrorist group and recover the hostages. The exercise was staged at Shannon Airport between 2.30pm and 4pm on Tuesday and involved upwards of 130 individuals. The …

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Airport seeks to fill retail units

SHANNON Airport Authority is looking for a retail operator to take on two units. One of the units is landside and 187.3 m2 in size. It is situated in a pivotal location in the main terminal building, between the check-in area and the arrivals area. According to the tender documents, the unit “is visible and accessible to all arriving and departing passengers, ‘meeters and greeters’, airport staff and the general public”. The other unit is 136 m2 in size and is in the departure lounge, adjacent to the main duty free shop. According to the documentation, the items to be sold would include books, magazines and similar publications, as well as convenience items (soft drinks, pre-packed sandwiches, mobile phone top ups etc). It also states, “SAA is currently working on a ‘Sense of Place’ masterplan, which is focusing on the essential touch points in the passenger journey from the approach road to the boarding gate and all key areas in …

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Backlog of flights to ease at Shannon as weather improves

OPTIMISM is being expressed that the backlog of flights at Shannon caused by today’s weather is about to ease. A spokeswoman for the airport said: “Shannon Airport remained open throughout the day and experienced a number of flight cancellations and delays, but we are beginning to see a slow improvement in the weather conditions and are cautiously optimistic that the backlog of delayed flights will now begin to resume throughout the evening and tomorrow. “The Aer Lingus London Heathrow flight EI385 landed at Shannon at 4.13pm and a number of transatlantic services with Aer Lingus and Norwegian Air, delayed from earlier today, have been rescheduled for tonight. “Airlines will continue to advise passengers of schedule changes and we still advise intending passengers to check the status of their flight with their airline before travelling to the airport.  We will continue monitoring the situation throughout the evening. Passengers are encouraged to contact their airlines and they can find live flight information …

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€7.3m profit for Shannon Group

SHANNON Group made a profit of just under €7.3 million last year. The Group encompasses Shannon Airport, Shannon Commercial Properties, Shannon Heritage and Shannon IASC. Its accounts show that it had total fixed and current assets of €147.5 million and total equity of €120.2 million. There were liabilities of €27.3 million. The accounts show that aeronautical and commercial activities were responsible for €37.76 million in revenue, commercial property rental, management and development for €14.22 million and tourism activities for €13.57 million. Shannon Group saw depreciation of just under €4 million in 2015. Wages and salaries for the year came to €28 million while there were social welfare costs of €2.46 million. On average Shannon Group employed 481 staff during the year. Four hundred and two were in operations and administration, 48 in commercial activities and 31 in property. Remuneration for the then Shannon Group Chief Executive Officer Neil Pakey came to €255,676 in 2015. Commenting on the Shannon Group results, …

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Gardai investigating following Shannon emergency landing

SHANNON Gardai are investigating following the emergency landing of a Turkish airlines flight at the airport, which was en route from Houston to Istanbul. Its being reported that a piece of paper with the word bomb written on it was found in one of the toilets. The flight landed at around 11am this morning and all on board were taken from the aircraft, which was parked in an isolated part of the airport. Last November a New York-Istanbul Turkish Airlines flight was the subject of a bomb hoax, while there was another such incident affecting a Turkish flight from Istanbul to Basel in April.  

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