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Clare Sinn Féin TD, Violet Anne Wynne has described the HSE's €600 million Winter Plan as a "wish list". Photograph by John Kelly

Wynne calls for Shannon to go back under DAA

CLARE TD Violet Anne Wynne has called for Ryanair to commit to restoring Shannon services in 2021.

“In the week were the Government committed around €5m to Shannon Airport along with their pledge to sign up to the EU Traffic Light system in Tuesday’s budget it would appear this may be a case of too little too late. While I understand that this decision was made on a commercial bases it is imperative that Ryanair commit to reopening their Shannon bases after the winter lockdown,” she said.

“One would have to question how their Dublin base is not at all effected. I feel again that this shows that Shannon as a standalone airport does not have the bargaining power of the DAA,” she added.

However, Cork Airport is still part of the DAA group and that too has been closed, showing a certain flaw in Ms Wynne’s argument for reintegration with the other State airports.

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Owen Ryan has been a journalist with the Clare Champion since 2007, having previously worked for a number of other regional titles in Limerick, Galway and Cork.