Taoiseach dismisses claim state funding for Knock airport possible without EU approval.

‘Consent required under EU State aid rules and regulations.’

Sligo News File Online.

Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.
Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.

The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny has said that State aid for Knock Airport is dependent on approval from the EU Commission.

He was was responding to claims by Mayo Fianna Fail TD, Dara Calleary that the Commission did not have to sanction State funding for the airport.

Mr. Calleary maintained that funding can be provided without EU
authorisation if an airport is a regional gateway or of economic signifance.

Rejecting this, Mr. Kenny said consent of the EU was required under
all state aid rules and regulations. The government, he stressed, will
continue to support the airport within the specified constraits.