Council should seek cross-party meeting with Minister Shane Ross over City of Derry Airport - Murray
Inishowen Sinn Féin councillor Jack Murray has expressed his disappointment after receiving a letter from Minister Shane Ross which stated that he would not provide any funding for City of Derry Airport. The letter was in response to a motion calling for government support for the airport which was moved by Cllr Murray and received unanimous backing from Donegal County Council.
Cllr Murray said;
"I am extremely disappointed at Minister Ross's complete refusal to consider financial support for City of Derry Airport. The Minister does not seem to recognise how important the airport is to the people of Donegal.
"The northwest of Ireland is the only region on the island without dual carriageway connection to Dublin. Donegal is the only county in the state without access to rail. This only compounds the importance and necessity of air access.
"40% of passengers who use City of Derry Airport are from County Donegal. This was recognised in the past when the Irish government funded a PSO service from 2001 to 2011.