More Progressive Policies Needed To Support Midwest Region – Shannon Group

Shannon Group says there’s still a need for progressive Government policies to ensure key sectors in the region are supported.

Management from the independent state owned company met with Transport Minister Shane Ross in Clare yesterday, as he visited Bunratty, the Shannon Free Zone and Shannon Airport.

It’s been described as a positive meeting.


During yesterday’s meeting, Minister Shane Ross was briefed by Shannon Group on the challenges for the region, and the need for additional supports to grow connectivity and infrastructure.

His trip – a first formal visit to Clare in his Ministerial role – also included a visit to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park where he was briefed on the €8 million development plan for the tourist attraction.

But it was the performance of the Airport that was always going to dominate the commentary surrounding the visit.

Speaking afterwards to Clare FM, the Minister ruled out additional direct supports for Shannon Airport

He said he wants Shannon to support itself financially, rather than rely on funding under the Regional Airports Programme, and delivered a positive assessment of the Airport’s future.

Shannon Group has described the meeting as “very positive” and says the Minister has left with a better understanding of the need to work together to deliver greater connectivity for the region.

Group CEO Mary Considine says that while it’s disappointing funding won’t be delivered through the Regional Airports Programme, recent funding announced for route development is having an impact.