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Key leaders of Government must make “every effort” to get the potential of an Amazon distribution facility at Shannon Airport over the line.

Earlier this month, it emerged that Shannon Group and Amazon were in ongoing talks on the possibility of setting up a significant distribution facility in Co Clare.

E-commerce giant, Amazon had record profits of $6.3 billion US dollars in the final quarter of last year.

Cllr John Crowe (FG) said it was “really encouraging” that Shannon Group and Amazon were in discussions. “If Shannon were to land a giant like Amazon it would give the entire Mid-West a huge boost in these difficult times”.

He called on Clare County Council to write to the Taoiseach Micheál Martin (FF), Tánaiste Leo Varadkar (FG) and Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan (GP) to seek that “every effort to assist Shannon Group secure this type of investment” be made.

On the possibility of Amazon establishing a base in the county, Cllr Johnny Flynn (FG) remarked, “I hope they look after their staff better than some distributor centres if they do come to Clare”.

“If Amazon come to Shannon the potential for the Airport is enormous because the online environment is absolutely huge at the moment,” Cllr Pat Daly (FF) believed.

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