Successful conclusion of discussions could herald a new dawn for Cargo development at Shannon Airport

November 19th, 2010 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen said today (Tuesday) that the successful conclusion of talks which are currently underway between the DAA and the Lynxs Cargo Group could herald a new dawn for cargo development at Shannon Airport.

“I understand that there are discussions ongoing between the DAA and the Lynxs Group regarding the development of their cargo hub project at Shannon Airport. I also understand that these discussions are at a delicate stage and I would appeal to the DAA and the Minister for Transport and Marine Noel Dempsey to bring these discussions to a conclusion as quickly as possible so that this project can be brought to fruition.”

“The extension of US Pre Clearance facilities to include freight is contingent on this project proceeding which the US Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney indicated to me when I discussed this matter with in September last.”

“Almost two years have passed since the Lynx Group signed a memorandum of agreement with the Shannon Airport Authority and the original plan envisaged this project being completed by next year.”

“The development of this project would be a big boost for Shannon Airport and it has the potential to create hundreds of jobs. Hopefully, these discussions will be successfully concluded in time for Brian O’Connell’s, Chairman, SAA presentation on the Authority’s vision for the future which is taking place in Dromoland on Wednesday afternoon next and that he will be in a position at that stage to announce the successful conclusion of these talks and give a start up date for the project.”

ENDS

Dáil Question

No: __166_____

*To ask the Minister for Transport further to Parliamentary Question No. 307 of the 18 May 2010, when his Department will issue a decision on a project (details supplied) at Shannon Airport; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

– Pat Breen.

* For WRITTEN answer on Thursday, 4th November, 2010.

the Lynx Cargo Project

Ref No: 40844/10 Proof: 171

– Answered by the Minister for Transport
Noel Dempsey, T.D.

REPLY

My Department understands that the Dublin Airport Authority is in active discussions with the Lynx group regarding the Project with meetings taking place on an ongoing basis.