Councillor Danny Healy Rae said that if the grant aid had indeed been secured by the Ceann Comhairle then it would not now have been lost. Several councillors noted that Kerry Airport should be the county’s most important infrastructure project. The meeting was told that the Board of Management at the airport had investigated a number of possibilities for expansion but it was decided that a new building rather than an extension was the better option. Councillor Brendan Cronin also told the meeting Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary had recently written to the Board stating that the 9am flight will not be reinstated.
A deputation from Kerry County Council is to seek a meeting with the Transport Minister to discuss the future of Kerry Airport. Grant aid of 18 million euro for a planned expansion of the airport was recently withdrawn. In 2007 almost 390 thousand passengers used the facility. Councillor Paul O’Donoghue, claimed his brother and current Ceann Comhairle John O’Donoghue had secured the grant aid in the first place and said he wanted to know if Kerry Airport was on Deputy Jackie Healy-Rae’s list of priorities.