Provision of Full Pre-Clearance Facilities facilities in Shannon Airort in 2009 offers a window of opportunity – BREEN.

January 7th, 2009 - Pat Breen
Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen said today that the provision of full clearance facilities at Shannon Airport in 2009 offers a window of opportunity for the Airport and the Region. He is warning the Government that they must play their part by ensuring that the benefits of this facility are maximised both for the Airport and the Region.

“The provision of full clearance facilities at Shannon Airport is a great opportunity for the Airport and the Region. I understand that work is commencing in Shannon Airport this week to build the facility which it is hoped will be operational in June. When it is in place it will allow passengers who depart Shannon Airport to fly directly to domestic airports throughout the United States.”

“This is a very challenging time for the Mid-West Region. Last year alone up to the end of November 2008 an additional 2538 people were signing on throughout County Clare. Many other workers face bleak employment prospects in 2009 and already there is huge trepidation about the future of 2,000 jobs at the Dell facility in Limerick.”

“Back in the 1960’s when the Region was facing difficult challenges the creative thinking and innovation led by the late Brendan O’Regan (RIP) inspired the development of the Shannon Free Zone, the World’s First Duty Free and culminated in the former Transport Minister the late Jim Mitchell T.D. (RIP) signing the 1986 US/Irish Inter-governmental agreement which saw the first US Immigration Pre-Inspection facility in Europe set up at Shannon Airport.”

“Now more than ever this Region needs that same spirit of innovation and creative thinking. There will be a window of opportunity for Shannon Airport and the Region when this facility is up and running to develop and build traffic and the Government must play their part by ensuring that the benefits are maximised for the Airport and the Region.”

ENDS.