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*Taoiseach Micheál Martin with Deputy Cathal Crowe in Ennis. Photograph: John O’Brien

Clare TD, Cathal Crowe (FF) has been appointed to a new post by An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin (FF).

On Thursday afternoon Deputy Crowe revealed that he was “deeply honoured” to be named as Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on Tourism and Aviation.

First elected to the Dáil in February of this year, the former primary school teacher served on Clare County Council from 2004 up until 2020.

He stated, “Tourism and aviation are two of my keenest interests and also two of the issues that are of the most importance to our county. We all know that both of these industries have been ravaged because of the Covid-19 pandemic and I’ve been calling for increased state support for both”.

Shannon Airport’s future will form a regular discussion as part of Crowe’s new role. “Shannon Airport needs our help now more than ever and as a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, I’ve been calling for a number of measures up to and including financial aid, to see the airport through its toughest challenge in its more than 80-year history. Since my election to Dáil Éireann, I have made Shannon Airport my political calling card and have used every opportunity to champion the airport and therefore champion tourism in the region”.

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