The Journal

08 April 2024

One TD said that from a climate perspective, we are past the point of an additional airport being acceptable.

WICKLOW TDS AND Councillors have reacted with surprise and some bemusement to a proposed plan for a new airport in Arklow. 

As first reported by the Business Post at the weekend, a Middle Eastern investment consortium is advancing plans to build an international airport in the county.

A consultant acting on behalf of the group of investors claims to have provisional deals already in place to buy land from farmers and other locals. 

Speaking to The Journal, Shane Desmond, a property consultant acting on behalf of the investors, said over 600 acres of the required 800 have already been provisionally secured for the proposed East Leinster International Airport. 

A spokesperson for the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) told The Journal it has had no contact with any representatives about a proposed international airport and nor has it received any application for an airport in Wicklow. 

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Wicklow County Council also said senior management has had no discussions in relation to the proposal. 

[Read more: 'Pie in the Sky': TDs and Councillors in the dark about reports of proposed airport for Wicklow (]

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