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New CEO at Shannon Group

Manchester born Matthew Thomas has been appointed as the new chief executive for Shannon Group plc. With 20 years’ experience in the industry, Mr Thomas (43) joins the Shannon Group from the Vantage Airport Group, where he is currently chief commercial officer. Mr Thomas, who has worked with the Vantage Airport Group since 2008, has been involved in the majority of Vantage’s thirty airport projects across four continents, including nineteen significant airport transitions. As chief commercial officer, he has been responsible for leading the implementation of the group’s business development strategy, most recently in New York, where he played a leading role in winning the $4 billion redevelopment contract of the Central Terminal at La Guardia Airport, the largest public-private-partnership in the United States. Rose Hynes, chairman of Shannon Group, said “Mr Thomas brings to the role a deep knowledge of the aviation industry combined with significant commercial experience.” The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe, said,“Matthew Thomas takes over …

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Budget disappointment for hauliers

THE Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) has expressed its deep disappointment that no change to commercial vehicle road tax was announced in this year’s budget. Commenting after the budget announcement, president of the IRHA, Eoin Gavin stated, “The association and its members are dismayed as to why Government has totally ignored the HGV road tax differential between Ireland and the rest of Europe. There was not even a mention of the importance of the sector in the Minister’s comments.” In order to prevent a further increase in the number of vehicles ‘reflagging’ to other jurisdictions, the IRHA is now calling on the Minister for Transport, Paschal Donohoe and the Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly to immediately intervene in order to protect jobs in the sector. Mr Gavin went on to state, “It is extremely disappointing and this will result in a significant number of vehicles registering to other jurisdictions where operating costs are more favourable. The available data over …

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