Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy is in Co. Mayo today where, among his engagements, he met with the managing director of Knock airport Joe Gilmore.
Speaking from Knock Cllr Carthy called for an investment package to secure the future of the airport.
The Midlands Northwest candidate said:
“I am delighted to be in Co. Mayo today and to meet with the managing director of Knock airport – a key strategic investment project for the west of Ireland.
“From our meeting today it is clear that the airport must secure the support of the Irish government and the EU.
“Above all though what Knock airport needs is increased state investment. A major investment package for Knock Airport must contain four key elements. Firstly, as in the case of Shannon, a write down of all existing debt. Secondly, a major capital investment in order to ensure that the Airport becomes a major development and transport hub for the entire region. Thirdly, an annual Government subvention and a comprehensive scheme of commercial incentives. The minimum total investment package required is estimated at approximately €50million over 10 years - a relatively small sum considering the importance of Knock airport for the development of the Border, Midlands and Western region.
“Knock airport should be seen as a tool for the reinvigoration of the economy in the west of Ireland. However this cannot happen without investment. I am calling on the government to do the right thing by the west of Ireland and invest in this key project which will benefit the entire economy in this region.”