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Breaking-€6.1 million for Shannon Airport

SHANNON Airport will receive €6.1 million in emergency funding in a boost to the airport as it prepares to reopen on a full-time basis next week, Clare TD Joe Carey confirmed this evening.

The emergency funding was agreed at a Cabinet meeting in Dublin today.

Deputy Carey, who recently convened the all-party Shannon Airport Oireachtas Group, confirmed Shannon is the only airport to benefit from this funding.

The Clare TD said: “This is a hugely welcome development for Shannon Airport, especially in light of recent developments as a result of the pandemic. The airport faces significant challenges, and this funding will provide an important lifeline to Shannon as it prepares to reopen on a 24-hour basis from July 1.”

Today’s announcement will come as welcome news as Shannon Airport prepares to resume scheduled passenger operations from next Wednesday.

Deputy Carey added: “The return of passenger flights in and out of Shannon is obviously vital for the airport and all its employees, but also for many businesses and companies in Clare and the wider region. The entire West coast of the country depends hugely on tourism traffic provided by the airport and local industry and the significant FDI [Foreign Direct Investment] presence in the Mid-West and western regions depends greatly on the connectivity it provides.”

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Owen Ryan has been a journalist with the Clare Champion since 2007, having previously worked for a number of other regional titles in Limerick, Galway and Cork.