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Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune

Government’s seven airport ideas

The Government has made seven submissions for funding under the new EU Juncker investment plan for Shannon Airport.

The European Commission under the auspice of Commission president, Jean Claude Juncker announced a €315 billion investment plan last November to get Europe growing again. Member states have been asked by the European Commission to submit an initial list of projects, which they felt could be suitable for the programme.

Commenting on the inclusion of projects from Shannon Airport, Ireland South MEP, Deirdre Clune described it as “a vote of confidence.”

“The seven projects include the construction of three c.6,751 square metre wide body hangers, full renewal of the Shannon airport runway, development of a corporate aviation and cargo terminal infrastructure, fourth generation office blocks in the Shannon Free Zone and refurbishment of the main Shannon airport terminal building,” observed Ms Clune.

“One of my main concerns is that we would submit a fair balance of projects from outside the sprawling Dublin metropolitan area. Shannon continues to expand and grow and help to create jobs in the Limerick and Clare regions. It is a driver of tourism and investment and is a critical piece of infrastructure which we must invest in,” she added.

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