Kenny Deery

  • The Covid-19 pandemic has had a "devastating" impact on regional airports, which will need multi-annual funding from the Government to ensure their survival over the coming years.

    That's according to the CEO of Galway Chamber of Commerce Kenny Deery, a native of Achill Island, who says airports in the west of the country are "viable but vulnerable".

    A joint statement has been issued by Chambers across the West, calling for a clear pathway to reopening the aviation sector.

    The group was reacting to the news last week that Aer Lingus is to permanently close its cabin crew base at Shannon Airport.

    Meanwhile, Ireland West Airport Knock remains closed since the start of this year, due the lockdown restrictions.

    Dublin Airport currently accounts for over 90%  of air traffic in and out of this country, with 5 airports competing for the rest, according to Kenny Deery, who told Midwest Radio that he believes regional airports - like Knock - are underused.....


  • Galway Chamber is raising the urgency of Galway city’s traffic problem with TDs in Leinster House today and is calling on all members to get behind the Chamber’s campaign to “get Galway moving”.

    The event, organised by Galway Chamber and attended by Oireachtas members, policy influencers and representatives of the business community, is the first step in what Chamber CEO Kenny Deery described as “a relentless drive for progress on the single biggest issue facing the city”.

    Kenny says that every meeting or event people attend in Galway the topic of traffic congestion is always top of the agenda when they arrive.

  • Plans have been unveiled for the expansion of Galway Technology Centre, a move which is expected to lead to the creation of thousands of jobs in the West over the coming years.

    The office space for start-ups in Galway city was established 25 years ago, and so far has helped over 300 businesses to scale and grow.

    The 2,000 square metre expansion, which is being significantly funded by Enterprise Ireland, will see the total floor area of Galway Technology Centre (GTC) extend to almost 7,000 square metres, with the number of floors in the facility growing from two to four.

    CEO of Galway Chamber Kenny Deery says these plans have been in the pipeline for quite a while.