New Shannon airport boss to create a platform of confidence

first_imgEmail Previous articleTV – Something for the Weekend – Live SportNext articleLimbo – the space between Irish and contemporary dance Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash NewsNew Shannon airport boss to create a platform of confidenceBy Staff Reporter – September 15, 2016 1205 Advertisement New Shannon Group Plc boss, matthew Thomas with Helen Downes (left) and Julie Dickerson of Shannon Chamber Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSfeaturedlimerickMatthew ThomasShannon airportShannon Group WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Print Facebook Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Linkedin New Shannon Group Plc boss, matthew Thomas with Helen Downes (left) and Julie Dickerson of Shannon ChamberSTRIKING a balance between costs and overheads will be the first major task facing the new chief executive of the Shannon Group over the coming weeks.Rejecting criticism of the group’s cost base and high staffing levels, Matthew Thomas said he would be looking at all opportunities for growth and making sure that Shannon was in a position to unlock its full potential.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Setting targets for where we are going to be in two or three years time is a bit of a mug’s game, if I am completely honest. We want to create a platform where the airlines have confidence in our market and then we will seek to grow again”, he said.“We are in a very competitive and volatile industry and I don’t have a crystal ball but we going to do everything we can to position the airport for growth and the region to bring more tourists here and to create jobs.”Referring to past promises of unlocking 1,000 jobs after Shannon’s separation from the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA), Mr Thomas said: “Shannon Group has a really important role in the wider region. We can have ambitious plans to enhance connectivity, to develop our land holdings, to deliver great tourist attractions, but really what we are talking about here is growing jobs and bringing more tourist to the region and that is more than just a Shannon Group task.“There are a lot of people who have a big role in this, so whether it is the IDA, Enterprise Ireland, Tourism Ireland, Failte Ireland or the local authorities, we will be looking to have incredibly close working relationships with all the key stakeholders.Responding to news that Ryanair would be dropping 100,000 passengers from its Shannon routes, the new CEO said that while growth in passenger numbers over the next three years was essential, “all airports have ebbs and flows, but if you have delivered 30 per cent growth in the last two years, it is entirely normal and natural that you then have a period where you are consolidating the growth.Stating that Shannon has six connections with the US, which was unprecedented for an airport carrying two million passengers annually, Mr Thomas said; “we are able to take part in global aviation conversations that an airport of our size shouldn’t be able to take part in, but that is what makes this airport and region very unique.” WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live last_img read more

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UN official calls for more long-term aid for Haiti

first_imgMore than 6,500 Haitians have since died from the water-borne disease, while around half a million people have been made ill.NEW YORK, United States, 2011 – A top United Nations official has appealed for more long-term assistance for Haiti, while at the same time rejecting criticism of slow aid distribution.“Even as housing and resettlement programmes accelerate, thousands of people still have basic social needs at a time when humanitarian funding is decreasing and too many partners are closing essential operations,” said Nigel Fisher, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Haiti.He pointed out that 88 per cent out of the US$4.6 billion in aid pledged by countries last year have already been dispersed or committed.“The suggestion that no progress has been achieved is to paint a false picture,” Fisher said yesterday, adding that continued support will make it possible for the country to achieve further advances.He said funds have been used for specific programmes such as transport, debris removal, education, job creation, water and sanitation, public administration, health, housing, and energy.According to Fisher, Haiti has shown remarkable signs of progress with almost 50 per cent of debris cleared so far.Large-scale recovery projects, he remarked, were already starting to have a visible impact in the country almost two years after the devastating earthquake killed over 200,000 people.“In July 2010, 1.5 million Haitians were sheltered in camps receiving clean water, food, medical care and access to latrines. Today, 500,000 people are still in those camps. While this is still a significant number, it represents a two-thirds reduction in just over a year,” he stated.Haiti is regarded as the poorest country in the Southern Hemisphere with three quarters of the population earning less than two dollars a day.Fisher noted that 70 per cent of Haitians did not have stable jobs prior to the devastating earthquake, more than half of children did not go to school, and between 70 to 80 per cent had no access to electricity.“The earthquake highlighted decades of chronic political instability, lack of basic social services and economic opportunities that left so many Haitians in deep poverty and chronic vulnerability,” Fisher added.Regarding the cholera outbreak that started last year, Fisher said a national response system and an alert system are now in place, and that fatality rates have dropped to just over one per cent.More than 6,500 Haitians have since died from the water-borne disease, while around half a million people have been made ill.Earlier this month, 5,000 victims demanded hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation from the UN whose Nepalese peacekeepers are believed to have brought the disease to Haiti. ClickCaribbean 360 News Share Share 8 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share NewsRegional UN official calls for more long-term aid for Haiti by: – December 1, 2011last_img read more

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