Commenting on Ryanair’s confirmation that it will invest €10million and create 200 high skill jobs in a new aircraft heavy maintenance base in Shannon, Clare Fine Gael TD Joe Carey, who is Chairman of the Shannon Airport Oireachtas Group said that the new maintenance base underpins Ryanair commitment to Shannon.

“The Shannon Region is a centre of excellence for aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul and we have the history, talent and space to even do more.

“The Shannon Airport Oireachtas Group, which includes all TDs and Senators in Clare, Limerick and Tipperary, is due to meet with the Shannon Group on June 3 when further opportunities in the aircraft maintenance industry will be high on the agenda. 

“We will also be discussing Shannon’s growing importance to Ryanair’s Irish operation and how we can leverage this to the greater benefit of the entire Mid-West region.

“Today’s Ryanair announcement is a shot in the arm to the region following the loss of the Lufthansa Technik operation and I want to congratulate the Shannon Group on securing this investment and wish Ryanair well,” he added.

PHOTO: Shannon Group chief executive Mary Considine, Ryanair Operations Director Neal McMahon and Shannon Group Chief Operations Officer Ray O’Driscoll outside the Ryanair maintenance hangar.