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A planned protest in the aftermath of Aer Lingus’ decision to shut its Shannon Airport cabin crew base has been cancelled.

Save our Shannon had intended to hold a rally on Saturday afternoon at the O’Connell Monument in Ennis.

Peaceful demonstrations have been held at the county town with the permission of An Garda Síochána whereby attendance was capped at fifteen so as not to pose a risk to the public during the pandemic.

However, The Clare Echo understands than An Garda Síochána were concerned anger and frustration among the Clare public and within the wider Mid-West region as a result of Aer Lingus’ decision may have led to a large attendance at the rally.

Denis Vaughan of Save our Shannon has confirmed to The Clare Echo that the rally will not proceed as planned.

“We plan another rally in the future as soon it can be arranged. Needless to say we apologize for any inconvenience caused to anyone. But the message is the same, save our Shannon. Shannon must survive,” he stated.

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