Fianna Fáil Spokesperson Transport Timmy Dooley has said he is extremely concerned about the future of Shannon Airport and jobs in the Midwest.
Deputy Dooley said: “If media reports are to be believed on the Booz report the separation of Shannon Airport from the current airport structure will be detrimental to Shannon and the Midwest and it will see a significant loss of jobs and may put the future viability in jeopardy.
“It’s very clear that Shannon Airport is dependent on a subvention from the Dublin Airport Authority of €8m annually. Separation from the DAA will cut off this essential funding stream and lead to job losses and service reduction.
“It is farcical to suggest or expect that usage of the land-bank or pre-clearance for cargo can form any medium-term substitute for this funding. Neither is it feasible to suggest that Shannon Development or the local authorities could assist in any way with funding the shortfall at this time.
“I am also disappointed with the manner in which this report has been handled. This report has been circulated to the Chambers of Commerce and local authorities in the region without having been made available to the opposition on Spokesperson on Transport. It appears to have been circulated to Fine Gael backbenchers and certain sections of the media despite denials from the department. This is not the way to do business and I would urge the Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar to reflect on this.”