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High-tech jobs boost for Shannon

United Technologies Corporation, which provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries, is set to create 20 new jobs at a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) centre in Shannon for its UTC Aerospace Systems business. It is part of a €6m investment by which Shannon Aircraft Motor Works, a unit of UTC Aerospace Systems, will service the next generation of Smart Probe Air Data Information Management Systems and sensors for the commercial aircraft market in Europe. These highly sophisticated computers and sensors provide flight critical information to the pilot and auto-pilot systems on speed, altitude, temperature, pitch and angle, etc., to ensure maximum flight safety. This project has been supported by the Department of Jobs through IDA Ireland. Shannon Aircraft Motor Works currently employs 80 people and occupies a 28,000-square-foot facility servicing aircraft electrical power systems for the global market. This announcement follows on another recent investment from United Technologies Corporation, with the expansion of its major …

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Councillors stump Tullyglass tree felling proposal

A PROPOSAL that all the trees at Tullyglass Hill be taken out in one fell swoop didn’t get much of a welcome at this week’s Shannon Municipal District meeting. The two members from the town, Sinn Féin’s Mike McKee and independent Gerry Flynn, were particularly against it, claiming that the job at Tullyvarraga Hill some years ago has meant that local people will oppose it. The meeting also heard a proposal for increasing the amount of open space at the town park by creating room by removing older trees, many of them behind the existing town hall. This was largely welcomed by the members. Speaking about this dimension, consultant Nicholas De Jong said the idea of the park works is to meet the recreational needs of the town going into the future and that the existing park area is restructured. He said many of the trees had been damaged last year, others have reached maturity and work is required. He …

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Reagecon bringing new jobs to Shannon

SHANNON based company Reagecon has announced its intention to create 40 new jobs in the next 12-24 months. It has also targeted annual export revenues of €50 million by 2020. Founded in Shannon 25 years ago it manufactures and exports physical and chemical standards and reagents for laboratories worldwide. The products are developed and manufactured in Shannon and sold through distributors in 150 countries and directly to end users in Ireland and China through Reagecon’s sales offices in Shannon, Co. Clare, Ireland, and Shanghai, China. John Barron, Managing Director and Chairman of Reagecon said that the new jobs form part of “an ambitious programme of scaling”. He confirmed that all of the 40 new jobs, 15 of which have recently been filled, are high value Chemist positions.  The company presently operates from a 64,000 square foot facility in Shannon and employs 86 people, over half of which are scientists. “Since the beginning of 2011, we have developed a major pipeline …

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Question mark over Knights’ future

THERE is a doubt about the future of Shannon Knights, according to accounts filed during the summer, which show accumulated losses of almost €1.75 million. Established in 1972, Shannon Knights has always been family run and has been one of the most prominent social centres in Shannon for decades. A little over five years ago, there was a multi-million euro revamp and in advance of its reopening in 2010, management spoke of expanding their clientele to Limerick and Ennis but economic conditions since then have proven difficult. The accounts, which were prepared by Curtin O’Friel & Co Chartered Certified Accountants and deal with the year up to the end of August of last year, state that the company had accumulated losses of €1,745,549. They state, “These conditions, along with the other matters explained in note 1 to the financial statements, indicate the existence of a material uncertainty which may cast significant doubt on the company’s ability to continue as a …

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Shannon man new GMIT president

SHANNON’S Fergal Barry has been appointed president of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. On Tuesday, he said, “I’m delighted with the appointment. It’s very rare that opportunities like this come up to influence the development of an organisation at the heart of so many people’s lives, futures and dreams. It’s an organisation that has an excellent educational history, really passionate staff and it’s playing a central role in the reform of our higher education system, which is part of the reform of our public services as a whole.” Fergal is the son of Tess Barry of Fearnóg and the late Pat Barry. He attended St Senan’s National School and St Patrick’s Comprehensive School and currently lives with his wife, Deirdre in Limerick City. Tess is extremely well known in Shannon, being involved in various local organisations. “The stones on the road would know my Mum,” Fergal jokes. “The apple doesn’t fall very far from the tree and I bring with me …

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Thousands attend Shannon Air Display

SHANNON’S first airshow in 25 years drew tens of thousands of spectators to the Clare airport this afternoon. Approaches to the airport were clogged for some hours in the late morning and early afternoon, and shortly before the airshow began organisers said they expected the crowd to be quite close to the 40,000 capacity. While weather conditions were blustery and overcast, fears that rain would mar the show proved unfounded. Four kilometres of fencing was installed to transform Shannon’s airfield into one of the biggest outdoor venues of the Irish summer and proceedings got underway at 1pm when members of the Irish Parachute Club dropped from the skies. Perhaps the most entertaining performance of the afternoon came from the Ravens, a UK-based formation acrobatic display team, whose various stunts left the large crowd awe-struck. Witnessing the phenomenal speed of the Saab Viggen was another one of the afternoon’s highlights, while the sound of its engines rang out for miles. Limerick man …

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Emergency landing at Shannon

AN Aeromexico Boeing Dreamliner, flying from Mexico to Paris reportedly declared an emergency due to a fire in the cargo hold, before making an emergency landing at Shannon this afternoon. Emergency crews were awaiting the arrival of the aircraft when it touched down. Shannon is a designated airport for emergency landings and remains open 24 hours a day in case the facilities are needed at any point. “Shannon Airport can confirm that the emergency response that was activated for the arrival of a diverted Aeromexico flight this afternoon has now been stood down. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which was en route from Mexico City to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, landed safely at Shannon at 14:50pm. All 193 passengers and crew were disembarked and the aircraft subsequently assessed at a remote location,” an airport spokesman said.

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Redundancies sought at Shannon

DESPITE Shannon Airport’s much vaunted recovery, Shannon Group is about to seek redundancies from staff, with talks between management and unions set to begin next week. Shannon Group is a commercial semi state, with Shannon Airport as its core and also encompassing Shannon Commercial Enterprises (formerly Shannon Development)Shannon Castle Banquets and Heritage Limited (formerly Shannon Heritage) along with the International Aviation Services Centre. In a statement to the Clare Champion on Wednesday evening Shannon Group claimed that the redundancies are required to help its competitive position. “The necessity to address the cost base of the Shannon Group business units has been known for some time. In recent times it has been referenced in the Shannon task force report and subsequent annual reports. We are exploring options to address this including a voluntary severance scheme. This will make for a more sustainable business model going forward.” No details of what terms will be offered to staff looking to depart have been …

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