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Christmas at the coalface of Syrian crisis

BACK in 1995, Mountshannon woman Ann McNamara decided to leave her job with an insurance company and work with Concern in Bangladesh for a two-year period. More than 20 years later, she is still working with an organisation responding to crisis situations. An assistant country director with GOAL, based in Antakya on the Turkey/Syria border for six months, Ann says spending Christmas away from home and family has become the norm. “Over the 22 years I have been overseas, I have probably spent two or three Christmases back in Ireland,” she says. “This is normal for me. It’s so crazy here you don’t even realise it’s Christmas.” Ann initially worked with Concern for 11 years as a regional HR advisor, before working with Oxfam and then Save the Children UK in South Sudan. She returned to Concern in 2011 to work as an assistant country director in Liberia for two years and then spent one year in Lebanon. “I finished my …

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Have an Irish turkey dinner

A call has gone out to consumers to support local farmers by buying Irish reared turkeys this Christmas. IFA Poultry chairman Nigel Renaghan said: “Buy an Irish turkey and be sure of what you’re getting for Christmas. Irish turkeys are reared to the highest possible welfare standards and are fully traceable back to farm.” “By buying Irish you will be supporting the hard work put in year-round on family farms throughout the country to produce top quality, sustainable food; you’ll help to support your local economy and to sustain the 300,000 jobs connected to farming and food in Ireland.” The IFA Poultry chairman thanked all retailers who are supporting Irish and providing their customers with an Irish reared turkey this Christmas. Mr Renaghan urged consumers who want to buy Irish and to support Irish farmers to check origin labels or to challenge the butcher or retailer directly about the origin of their meat. He reminded consumers who wished to buy …

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Minister Pat Breen

Turkey gains cargo rights at Shannon

A new bilateral agreement between Ireland and Turkey giving fifth freedom rights for air cargo services, will pave the way for airlines like Turkish Airlines to have pick up rights for cargo at Shannon. In announcing the initiative, chairman of the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs Committee, Pat Breen said this represents a significant boost, both for Shannon Airport and the wider region. “This is new era for bilateral relations between Turkish Airlines and Shannon Airport. Turkish Airlines, who already operate services into and out of Dublin, have recognised the potential for development at Shannon Airport. The airline has also been using Shannon Airport as a refuelling stop, which has been going very well. “I have been heavily involved with discussions with Turkish Airlines and has been working closely with the Shannon Airport Authorities and the Turkish Airlines. I met Dr Temil Kotil, CEO of Turkish Airlines in Ankara in order to explore the opportunities for services into Shannon. My understanding from …

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Shannon cooking up a storm with Turkey

Shannon Airport has broadened its horizons for the summer sun holidays by confirming that Turkey is back, following confirmation of weekly charter services to the hugely popular Izmir. Sunway Holidays will put on services from May 23to September 19, carrying up to 6,000 additional passengers through Shannon to the sun-kissed city on the western tip of Anatolia this summer. Sunway are 100% Irish owned and the largest Tour Operator to Turkey from Ireland. The news comes after last week’s announcement by Shannon that it grew its passenger numbers by 17% in 2014 and is looking for further increases this year. The new charter will serve the resort of Kusadasi, which is one of the largest and best known of the Aegean Sea holiday resorts in Turkey and has been the most popular resort for Irish tourists for many years. It is a port city built along the shores of a bay. Cruise ships from all the around the world often …

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