Limerick councillor says Shannon Airport is a “dead duck”

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

COUNCILLOR Gerry McLoughlin drew gasps from the council chamber last night when he referred to Shannon Airport as a “dead duck.”

COUNCILLOR Gerry McLoughlin drew gasps from the council chamber last night when he referred to Shannon Airport as a “dead duck.”

During a discussion on commercial rates, the Labour councillor referred to a meeting which has been called to discuss the plight of the airport, saying: “What’s the point in having a meeting about Shannon Airport? It’s a dead duck.”

However, after other councillors criticised this comment, he quickly rode back from this, saying: “The priority should be meeting with the mnister, and our county colleagues to bring forward an equalisation of the rates. What I meant is I would place more emphasis on this.”