Fianna Fáil TD for Clare Cathal Crowe has said that last evening’s announcement about job cuts at Shannon Airport was a premature step.
A letter circulated to workers informing them of the decision, which has been attributed to the unprecedented challenges in the aviation sector.
Voluntary severance packages, reduced working hours and career breaks are all being offered.
“This is a huge blow to not only the airport but also the county and region as a whole,” said Deputy Crowe.
“I feel the decision was taken prematurely and it would have been more prudent to wait to see is contained in the July stimulus package in terms of support for the airport.
“This week, I’ve been in contact with staff at Shannon Airport and Shannon Heritage and based on their stories, I’ve a list of 29 questions compiled which I will be raising directly with Mary Considine today.
“I also intend to seek a meeting with Micheál Martin to discuss Shannon Airport and its future.”