Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has welcomed the proposal coming out of the Westminster Autumn review for the establishment of a new Derry/Dublin air service.
“While the focus will rightly be on the British Chancellor’s u-turn on tax credits in the Autumn review it also contained proposals for new air routes including Derry/Dublin. The majority of funding for a new Derry-Dublin route would be under the Regional Access Connectivity Fund (RACF) being offered by the Department of Transport in Westminster.
“This is a welcome development for Derry and the North West economy. Sinn Féin has long maintained that connectivity between Derry and the major centres of population including Dublin is crucial if we are to achieve our full potential for economic development.
“As part of our lobbying for infrastructural development a Sinn Féin delegation led by deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA and Mayor of Derry and Strabane, Elisha McCallion met recently with City of Derry Airport (CODA) management to discuss additional routes including reinstating a Derry/Dublin service.
“Sinn Féin representatives on the Joint Oireachtas Committee for the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement are also pro-actively lobbying in support of the CODA request for the Irish Government to match the contribution by Westminster for the Derry / Dublin air service. Following today’s proposal the Irish government must now act to serve the North-West of Ireland and citizens of the Derry/Donegal region by approving the match funding requested by CODA.
“It is encouraging that today’s proposal brings achievement of this service one step closer.” CRÍOCH/END