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Minister Ross wants Shannon “to provide increased competition” to Dublin

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Minister for Transport, Shane Ross has indicated he wants Shannon Airport to “provide increased competition” to Dublin Airport according to a Fine Gael Senator. Shannon Airport management have been asked to submit a detailed plan on a possible connection to a major European hub. The move comes following a meeting between Shannon Group management and…

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Rail spur line to Shannon Airport will close the gap with Dublin

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*Jackie Whelan. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan A prominent Clare businessman has declared a spur line to Shannon Airport will result in increased passengers and more people staying in the West of Ireland. Jackie Whelan is the owner of the West Clare Railway, Tullagower Quarries and alongside his wife Pauline is the co-owner of The Railway Bar…

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1 million Galway passengers choosing Dublin over Shannon

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Staff at Shannon Airport ‘are operating with one hand tied behind their back’ while 1 million Galway passengers are flying out of Dublin Airport each year. At the December meeting of Clare County Council, Matthew Thomas, CEO of the company which is responsible for Shannon Airport, Shannon Heritage, Shannon Commercial Properties and IASC gave a…

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‘Minister Ross is destroying the West of Ireland’

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With an increase in Value Added Tax for those working in the hospitality and tourism sector imminent in January, Clare councillors are demanding a strategy be implemented to alleviate the consequences of the hike. In October’s Budget, Minister for Finance, Pascal Donohue raised VAT for the tourism and hospitality industries from 9% to 13.5%. At…

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Council don’t have authority to remove illegally parked caravans

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Local authorities won’t be given the power to remove or impound illegally parked or unclaimed caravans. This information emerged as Clare TD, Dr. Michael Harty received written response from Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross on the matter. In his initial question, Harty asked the founder of the Independent Alliance “if the necessary…

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