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Varadkar visits Ballina, Castlebar, Shrule and Ireland West Airport

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THE SKIES THE LIMIT Pictured cutting the ribbon at the official opening of the newly resurfaced runway at Ireland West Airport were An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar flanked by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, TD and Arthur French, Chairman, Ireland West Airport. Pic: Henry Wills

Varadkar visits Ballina, Castlebar, Shrule and Ireland West Airport

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD on Friday last performed the official opening of Fort Wayne Metals new 45,000 square foot manufacturing facility which will lead to the creation of up to 80 new jobs over five years. He also paid a visit to Ballina to view plans for the Ballina Digital Hub in the former Military Barrracks which its hoped will to create over 200 jobs in the town centre.
Ireland West Airport were also delighted to welcome An Taoiseach to the airport on Friday to perform the official ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the newly resurfaced runway at Ireland West Airport. And finally, Deputy Varadkar made his way to Shrule where he met up with new MEP, Maria Walsh, to celebrate Culture Night.
Speaking at the official opening of the Knock runway, An Taoiseach, said: “Ireland West Airport is a strategic asset for Ireland, as the international gateway to Connacht. The opening of the upgraded runway is a super day for the airport, safeguarding its operations for the future. Since my time as Minister for Transport, I have been a big believer in Ireland West Airport because of the huge contribution it makes to tourism and economic development across this region. This is just one of many major Government infrastructural investments in the Western region, including the Gort to Tuam motorway, the upgrading of the N4 to Sligo and the National Broadband Plan soon to start. We will continue to work with Ireland West as it gets closer to its goal of welcoming one million passengers through its doors every year; a goal which is clearly on the horizon.”
Speaking at the official opening in Castlebar,  the Taoiseach, said: “Fort Wayne Metals is very well established in Castlebar, having first set up operations here 17 years ago. This major investment shows the company is committed for the long term. Essential components for medical devices which can improve and save lives are manufactured here and sold around the world. Congratulations to the local staff and management team who will be joined by 80 new employees over the next five years. The Government, through IDA Ireland, will continue to work with Fort Wayne as the company expands in the years ahead.”