International aid hub for Shannon is ruled out

AN international humanitarian aid hub proposed for Shannon Airport has been ruled out in a government report.

AN international humanitarian aid hub proposed for Shannon Airport has been ruled out in a government report.

Flagged by Labour before the general election, the idea was included in the programme for government and Limerick’s Jan O’Sullivan commissioned a feasibility study while still minister of state in the Department of Foreign Affairs late in 2011.

But her successor in that office Joe Costello has confirmed consultants have found the proposal too costly and that Shannon is too remote from the world’s major disaster zones to be of enough use to NGOs flying aid around the world.

“There was a lot of enthusiasm for the proposal but unfortunately it doesn’t appear to be a runner,” said Minister of State Costello.

The proposal was given only a cursory mention in the Shannon aviation business development task force report before Christmas.