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€6.1m emergency funds “will not generate any commercial return” for Shannon Airport

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Government funding to the value of €6.1m will not generate a commercial return for the Airport, management have said.

On Thursday, one-off funding to the value of €6.1m was announced following the final meeting of the Fine Gael and Independent Alliance Cabinet. The grant will allow the hold baggage screening capital project at Shannon Airport to be completed.

Construction of the €12m hold baggage screening project was halted midway through construction due to funding constraints linked to the current global pandemic. The Government funds will allow the works to be completed.

A spokesperson for Shannon Group told The Clare Echo, “The project completion is necessary to meet regulatory standards and to ensure business continuity for our outbound baggage systems, it will not generate any commercial return for the airport”.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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