22 February 2007


West Council greets Govt funding for Airport


The Council for the West has warmly welcomed the Government announcement that it is to invest 27 million euro in Ireland West Airport Knock.


"While the decision was expected, it is great news for the Airport and for the region, given the Airport's key pivotal role in the growth in tourism and creation of jobs in the area," said Chairman Sean Hannick.


He said that some of the essential infrastructural cornerstones were now being put in place in the region, including decentralisation, the planned re-opening of the Western Rail Corridor and the Western Road Corridor.


"With the Airport at the core of this development the prospects for the region are improving, maybe not as fast as some of us would like, but nevertheless improving," said Mr Hannick.


He added that the 27 million euro now pledged by the Government would form part of the Airport's   overall  45.9  million  euro  capital investment programme which would provide a major boost for the region, and ultimately for jobs and opportunities .


"A Business Park at the Airport, underpinned by tax breaks, becomes a more desirable objective every day and the Council for the West will continue to press at every opportunity for such a development which has the potential to create thousands of extra jobs in the locality," added Mr Hannick, who also welcomed the funding announcement for other airports in the region, including Donegal, Galway and Sligo.




The Council for the West is a voluntary, independent, non-political body which monitors and reports on the socio-economic state of the West and acts as a lobby group promoting the development of the West. The Council for the West was set up by the Western Bishops and has successfully campaigned for retention of Objective 1 Status for the region.

It continues to campaign for balanced regional development and highlights issues of major concern for the region.

Contact Points:

Public Relations Officer:   Terry Reilly 086 8109518 / 096 21603 / email: terryreilly@eircom.net

Co-ordinator:                       Caroline Wilson, Tel: 096 32975 / email: cftwest@iol.ie


Sean Hannick: Co.Mayo, Tel: 096 32255 / 087 2564824, email: shannick@killala-precision.com