Options for Galway airport site set to be examined
GALWAY'S two local authorities are to employ consultants to carry out a feasibility study for the development of the 115-acre site that contains Galway Airport.
Galway city and county councils last November purchased the airport site for €1.1m in a bid to ensure that the economic potential of the large strategic tract of land was realised.
The move by the Councils followed the withdrawal of State subsidising air services in 2011 that led to a gradual withdrawal of commercial air services from the facility.
The most recent accounts for the firm, Corrib Airport Ltd that operated the airport, had accumulated losses totalling €5.6m at end of December 2012..
In the tender documentation, the local authorities state that a host of uses can be considered for the land's future use including manufacturing activity; Research & Development; Aviation activity; renewable energy activity; food production; logistics and providing a site for the film industry.
According to the Councils, "the scoping study should also examine the short medium and long term potential of the site in recognition of the current capital investment limitations within the Irish economy".
The Councils have also asked the successful tenderer to provide a rationale for the selection of shortlist of proposals and the options' financial implications.
Former Galway city mayor, Cllr Padraig Conneely (FG) said yesterday that the site "is ideally placed for an industrial IT hub".
He said: "It is very accessible as it is very close to the Dublin motorway and is on the right side of Galway in terms of traffic."
Cllr Conneely said that it was the right decision by the councils to purchase the site. He said: "€1.1m for 115 acres is very good value. It was a strategic decision to go out and purchase the site."
The closing date for tenders is September 11.