Fianna Fáil Leader Michéal Martin has been criticised for saying the deals being offered by Shannon Airport to grow traffic with airlines such as Ryanair, “do not add any value to the country.”
FF Leader’s comments about Shannon Airport’s success disturbing
Clare Fine Gael TD Joe Carey has labelled “extraordinary” the comments made in the Dáil by Deputy Martin regarding the turnaround at Shannon Airport in recent years.
In a Dáil debate last week, Deputy Martin “appeared resentful of Shannon Airport’s success”, said the Clarecastle TD.
He continued: “Deputy Martin failed to acknowledge the work being done at Shannon since the Government’s decision to separate it from the DAA. He also failed to acknowledge and give credit to the new management structure and board who have transformed the fortunes of the Airport.
As someone who sees himself as a potential Taoiseach, Deputy Martin’s comments were petty, parochial and showed exactly what kind of Government he would lead and how it would be happy to abandon the Mid-West.
“I do not share Deputy Martin’s views that the economic turnaround at Shannon Airport is down to a “race to the bottom” and that Shannon’s fight back adds “little value to the country”, and I doubt that many people in the Mid-West who have seen Shannon Airport go from strength to strength in the past three years share his views either,” added Deputy Carey.