CLARE Fine Gael TD Joe Carey has welcomed the allocation of a further €6,836,610 million in operational supports to Shannon Airport which brings total Government funding to the airport this year under the Regional Airports programme to €11.185 million. 

It is anticipated that the latest round of funding will meet all eligible salary costs in the areas of safety, security and air traffic control at Shannon for 2022.

This is the first year Shannon has become eligible under the Regional Airports Programme which Deputy Carey has campaigned for as a member of the Oireachtas Transport Committee.

“It is vital that Shannon continues to qualify for this support as part of the Regional Airports Programme which will undergo a mid-term review to be completed by the end of 2023. This will consider how the programme is delivering on its objectives, primarily in the context of supporting balanced regional development. 

“It will also explore how international connectivity and services, to and from the regions can be maintained and enhanced.

“In preparation for the review, Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton is seeking submissions from interested parties on the range of issues that might be addressed in an issues paper to be published as part of a public consultation process early next year.

“Interested parties have the opportunity, until January 31, to put forward any issues they wish to be considered for inclusion in the issues paper.  Submissions should be made by email to by this date.