Clare Dáil Hopeful Calls For Increased Supports For Shannon Airport

A Clare Election candidate says a lack of state support for Shannon Airport has gone on for far too long.

Scarriff-based Independent hopeful Michael McNamara says working towards ending Dublin Airport’s monopoly will form one of the key parts of his campaign over the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, increased funding for family carers and mental health support are also emerging as concerns in Clare.


We’re just past the halfway mark in this election and today the issues of Shannon Airport and Tourism are among those to the fore in Clare.

Scarriff barrister and farmer Michael McNamara was elected as a Labour TD in 2011, but subsequently lost his seat in 2016 – he’s now running as an Independent in this election.

He believes that the Government has neglected Shannon, and by doing so, neglected the entire midwest region.

Speaking on Clare FM’s Morning Focus today, he said a lack of state support for Shannon has gone on too long.

Meanwhile, though the trolley crisis continues to dominate national discourse in terms of election priorities, increased supports for certain factions within the health system are also being pushed in Clare.

Family Carers Ireland’s Carer Supports Manager for Clare and North Tipperary Victoria Ward says the current system with home care is not sustainable.

The co-founder of Clare-based mental health support organisation Elevate wants to see the county’s election candidates speak out on the so-called youth mental health crisis.

Spanish Point hotelier John Burke says the issue needs to be prioritised by whoever is elected next month.