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
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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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