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Time to make fiscal commitment to Ireland West Airport

12 December, 2005

Sinn Féin County Councillor Gerry Murray has called on all opposition Parties to make fiscal commitment of 30 million euro to Ireland West Airport in the run up to the next General Election. Cllr Murray was speaking at the launch of the latest edition of Sinn Féin's County wide newsletter which now has a circulation in excess of 30,000.

Cllr Murray said "Ireland West Airport should now be granted International Status by the Government so it can embark on its next phase of development, in the next few years the airport will have passenger numbers in excess of one million per annum. With proper investment the airport has the potential to create 2,000 jobs in the east mayo area. If such a fiscal commitment is not made in the very near future we may arrive at a situation where employment and investment opportunities will be lost to the region. One must contrast the ongoing major investment by the Government in Shannon, Dublin and Cork airports, with its failure to make any significant investment in Ireland west airport. In 2002 a staggering 96 million euro was invested by the Government in Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports."

"In the run up the last General Election Sinn Féin was the only Political Party to make a fiscal commitment to Ireland West airport and will do so again. It is extremely disappointing that both Fine Gael and Labour continue to refuse to make such a commitment. I am now formally calling on Pat Rabbitte and Enda Kenny to follow Sinn Féin's lead and to make a cast iron fiscal commitment of 30 million euro to Ireland West Airport."

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