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Written Answers - Regional Airports

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 No. 3

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 550.  Deputy Michelle Mulherin Information on Michelle Mulherin Zoom on Michelle Mulherin  asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar  the plans he has for the development and support of Ireland West Airport Knock, County Mayo, in conjunction with plans for Shannon Airport, County Clare, as announced to ensure that both regions are equally well served and to ensure that the State contributes on a similar basis to enterprise, tourism development and job creation throughout the west of Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24147/12]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar Any developments in relation to Ireland West Airport Knock are a matter for the management of that Airport which is a privately owned entity.

While a decision in principle have been taken in relation to Shannon Airport, a Steering Group which is shortly to be established by myself and the Minister of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation will be tasked with bringing forward proposals for the implementation of that decision. Issues relating to airport competition, tourism and enterprise development along with job creation are among the matters to be considered by the Steering Group in the first instance.


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