*Photograph: Joe Buckley
Three options are being assessed by the Department of Transport when it comes to filling the vacancy of the Shannon Group Chair.
Of the options on the table, the first is to appoint the second placed candidate who lost out when Aaron Forde was announced as the new Chairperson of Shannon Group in February. The second option is to restart the entire process and the final possibility is to engage with stakeholders in the region before proceeding.
Shannon Airport cannot afford for the Department to make another blunder when it comes to selecting the successor to Rose Hynes, Clare TD Cathal Crowe (FF) believed. “The role of Shannon Airport is pivotal and if we get this wrong again, it sets the airport back significantly when it is facing its greatest crisis.
“We desperately need somebody in place who understands the importance of Shannon, who gets aviation and who can drive on and promote the airport and get it back on an upward trajectory. It’s important too to remember that this individual will have a lot more responsibility than just managing the airport – this job will cover the siezeable commercial property portfolio that Shannon Group commands and also the heritage sites,” the Meelick native commented.