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McNamara, Michael

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Shannon Airport: Motion (Continued)

I thank the Chair for the opportunity to speak on this important motion for the constituency I represent, Clare. I understand the Opposition spokesperson, who is also from the constituency, Deputy...More Button

I will deal first with the criticism that the plan is too ambitious. I make no apologies for the fact the plan is ambitious. I recognise there is a risk. There is always a risk when one tries to...More Button

I also thank the mayor of Ennis for doing likewise, when he urged everyone to get behind plans for the independent Shannon Airport, saying it is critical for the local economy and employment in the...More Button

With regard to Aer Rianta International, I wish to cite a recent article by Mr. Liam Skelly, a former director of Shannon Airport. He lives in the same parish as I do and he knows Shannon Airpor...More Button

He said the Dublin Airport Authority was to be gifted the deeds of the Great Southern Hotels and the Aer Rianta International investments in Birmingham and Hamburg, both of which were to be sold a ...More Button

He was.More Button

The Deputy voted for it. It happened on his watch.More Button

I have no objection to the Deputy raising a point of order with the Chair.More Button

It is not for me to accept a point of order. It is a matter for the Chair.More Button

Deputy Timmy Dooley is correct when he says the State Airports Act was an abomination for Shannon Airport.More Button

It did not happen on the Government's watch. The Government's ambitious plan for Shannon Airport has been welcomed by the mayor of Clare and the mayor of Ennis. I want the plan to succeed. We ar...More Button

We are here to talk about the future. I look forward to the future of Shannon Airport with hope.More Button

Like my colleague, Deputy Carey, and everybody else on the Government benches, I will happily face the electorate and be judged on the success of Shannon Airport and every other issue on which I vo...More Button

I have mentioned what Mr. Liam Skelly thinks.More Button

The Deputy voted for it.More Button

No IndicatorVoted No More Button