Thursday February 20, 2020

Varadkar braces for airports shake-up

Eight years after Séamus Brennan first proposed splitting up Aer Rianta, it looks as if Shannon will be cut loose to stand alone, writes Richard Curran.

18th December, 2011
Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar: the glacial pace of change on the issue of the break-up reflects the strengths of competing interests. Photo: Tony O'Shea/Press 22

Nine years, two governments and four transport ministers after it was first proposed, the break-up of the Dublin Airport Authority's (formerly Aer Rianta) control of the country's three main airports looks set to be put into effect by Leo Varadkar. In 2003, Seamus Brennan brought a plan to cabinet that Aer Rianta should be broken up and its three Irish airports run and owned separately. He got as far as appointing boards to all three,...

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