Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary has welcomed the decision by the Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government to designate a Strategic Development Zone at Ireland West Airport Knock.  However, he’s warning that the move must be backed up with investment to ensure that the area is properly developed.

Deputy Calleary commented, “The confirmation of this SDZ has been a long time coming, and while I welcome the fact that the area around Knock Airport has now finally been designated as a Strategic Development Zone it is imperative that funds are made available to improve the infrastructure around the site.

“The designation of the SDZ is only the first step in the process – Fine Gael has neglected the regions, and particularly the West, when it comes to investment in infrastructure.  We need to see a proper commitment to this area to enable it to attract business and industrial opportunities.  This development has the potential to bring jobs and investment into Mayo and every effort must be made to ensure that this vision becomes a reality.  This has never been more important than now, with Brexit coming down the tracks, we need to be ready to maximise our attractiveness to industries and bring more jobs to the region.

“The Government needs to follow up on today’s announcement with action.  Unfortunately this Government is big on announcements but short on delivery.  This application was made over two years ago and has only been approved now; I hope we don’t have to wait another two years before we see investment in the project.

“This designation is a major boost for Knock and Mayo.  I will be pressing local Government TDs as well as Ministers Coveney and Ross to ensure that funding and investment follows this announcement”.