asked the Minister for Transport whether any decision has been made by the Government in regard to the commencement of the airport in Donegal for which a commitment was given by the previous Government; if a site has been selected; and whether, in view of this commitment, it is proposed to renew the £90,000 subsidy given by the previous Government for the air services between Eglinton, County Derry, and Dublin.
Written Answers. - Donegal Airport.
A site for the proposed airport in Donegal was chosen by Donegal County Council. Pending acquisition of the site by the council, work on the construction of the airport cannot commence.
In so far as the Dublin-Derry (Eglinton) air service is concerned, the level of subsidy to be paid to the operator in 1982 will be considered in the light of a number of factors, including the level of support for the service in the current year.
asked the Minister for Transport whether a viability study was carried out prior to selecting a site for the proposed airport in Donegal.
As my predecessor informed the Deputy on 7 May 1981, the site for the proposed airport in Donegal was chosen by the Donegal County Council and an evaluation was carried out on their behalf of two areas considered suitable for an air strip.