Thursday, 15 October 2020
Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate
The Minister is very much aware of the struggles being faced by Shannon Airport and the impact on the wider region in recent months. I have raised the issue with him on numerous occasions but every time I come back into this House on this matter it is with further bad news. This is seen as being directly down to the apathy from the Minister and his Department. On Tuesday, there was a commitment to additional capital funding for Shannon and Cork airports and a commitment to sign up to the EU traffic light system and here we are, just 48 hours later, waking up to this bad news. We cannot continue to allow our international airport in Shannon to be failed time and again. We need action from the Government to address the issues in Shannon and ensure we have an airport on the other side of the pandemic and we need such action now. The workers and staff at Shannon Airport need certainty and assurances for there to be any kind of confidence at this time.