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No confidence in Shannon Group management

Sinn Féin TD for Clare, Violet-Anne Wynne, has said that confidence in Shannon Group to properly support workers at Shannon Airport, local businesses and the economy of the Mid-West has been swept away by this week’s announcement of job losses and pay cuts. Sinn Féin TD for Clare, Violet-Anne Wynne said it is quite clear that the “experiment” of a standalone Shannon Airport Authority (SAA) has not worked. “Cutting Shannon adrift from the DAA has been an un unmitigated disaster and this week’s announcement to cut pay and seek redundancies has only strengthened this opinion amongst staff in the Airport. “Two recent managerial departures from the Shannon Group have further created an atmosphere of insecurity at Shannon and workers are genuinely fearful for what is going to come next. I think it is now time for the entire Management team of the Shannon Group to step down and allow a new team to come in and pull the Airport back …

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Joint Oireachtas Committee to visit Shannon

A delegation from the the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions will travel to Shannon on this Thursday for a series of meetings on the US military use of the airport and Irish airspace. The delegation will meet with representatives from the Shannon Airport Authority, the local gardaí and Shannonwatch. The visit to Shannon follows a petition and presentation to the Committee in June by Dr Edward Horgan, Margaretta D’Arcy and Dr John Lannon of the Shannonwatch organisation. Chairman of the committee, Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn said the visit to Shannon Airport is a valuable opportunity to follow up on the petition by Shannonwatch earlier this year. “Central to the petition by Shannonwatch is a call for the Government to investigate the use of Shannon Airport and Irish airspace for the transit of US armed troops, munitions and other war material, and for the refuelling of CIA-associated aircraft involved in extraordinary rendition,” he said.

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Shannon lands Aero-Zone HQ

One of the world’s leading operators in the aircraft parts industry, Aero-Zone, is to launch its European headquarters in the Shannon Free Zone, it has been confirmed. Aero-Zone, Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Chandler, Arizona based Aero-Zone, which has been providing new and aftermarket parts for commercial, corporate and general-aviation aircraft since 1994. Shannon Airport Authority chairman Rose Hynes said, “Aero-Zone, Ltd is part of a dynamic and growing cluster of over 40 aviation companies that employs 1,600 people here at Shannon. Its decision to locate its European headquarters here to service its Europe and Middle-East customer base is another vote of confidence for the continued development of our International Aviation Services Centre (IASC) at Shannon. “There is an impressive list of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) companies based here and we look forward to working with Aero-Zone into the future as they grow operations here.”

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Pension reference should go from Shannon Bill

Proposals in respect of pension rights for airport workers in a Bill currently before Dáil Eireann “have no relevance” for the future of Shannon, it has been claimed. The State Airports (Shannon Group) Bill 2014, will establish Shannon Group PLC on a statutory basis and will incorporate both the Shannon Airport Authority and Shannon Development “The Bill contains proposals which will affect pension rights of workers and former workers, not only in Shannon but also those who worked for Aer Rianta/DAA and Aer Lingus in other airports in the State,” ClareDeputy Michael McNamara noted “These proposals have no particular relevance to the future of Shannon Airport and they would seem to me to be misplaced in a Bill, the title of which suggests, is primarily about Shannon.  Therefore, I would like to see these proposals removed from Bill, so that they can be discussed further, without causing delay to the passage of the provisions which concern Shannon specifically. “Undoubtedly, this Bill marks …

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A step closer to ‘legal’ Shannon Group

THE Cabinet on Tuesday agreed the final text of the State Airports (Shannon Group) Bill, which will finally and formally establish the Shannon Group as a legal entity incorporating Shannon Airport Authority and Shannon Development. “I am pleased to confirm that the cabinet today agreed the final text of the legislation that will give formal effect to the status of the Shannon Group,” said Deputy Kieran O’Donnell. “Once this Bill passes through the Houses of the Oireachtas, the final piece of the jigsaw for the independent Shannon Group will be in place. This is a very significant development for Limerick and the Mid-West. I expect the legislation to be published next week and to be passed through both the Dail and Seanad before the end of July. “At that point, full legal effect will have been given to the Shannon Group structure and its status will be beyond question. We are entering the final chapter of the single largest restructuring of the …

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