Clonakilty Chamber Director appointed to new Board to oversee growth at Cork Airport

Solicitor Emma O’Brien who is a Director of Clonakilty Chamber of Commerce has
been appointed by Minister Leo Varadkar to a new development board for Cork
Airport.  The appointment of Emma has come about as a result of lobbying by Fine
Gael TD Jim Daly to have a Development Council formed to support the growth of
Cork Airport and to include a representative from the West Cork region on the

The purpose of the Development Council is to ensure strong
engagement and alignment with key stakeholders in the region ensuring common
understanding of the issues, opportunities and operating performance of the
airport and to drive coordinated action to further develop Cork

The Council will provide a forum for its members to be informed
of Cork Airport activities and for its members to provide timely policy level
feedback and advice on matters relating to community and the growth and
development of Cork Airport, helping to drive more traffic through Cork Airport
on a sustained basis for the benefit of the region as a whole.

“I am
delighted the Minister has agreed to create a Development Council to oversee the
future growth and enhancement of routes in to Cork Airport. West Cork is a
region heavily reliant on Tourism and our economic fortunes will rely heavily on
the future success of the Airport. I am particularly pleased that Minister
Varadkar has agreed to include a representative from the West Cork area. Emma O’
Brien has been a very impressive and passionate advocate for members through her
role as a Director of the Clonakilty Chamber of Commerce and I have no doubt she
will expertly represent the interests of West Cork in her new role on the Cork
Airport Development Council. I wish Emma every success in this role” Commented
Jim Daly.

The Council comprises representatives from local management
& DAA Board, regional & tourism businesses and drivers of policy.  This
will ensure that a wide range of views will be represented by the Council. The
Council’s members will bring diverse experience and knowledge of their
respective areas; access to major networks; and capacity to provide advice,
guidance and recommendations from a variety of informed perspectives about the
growth and development of Cork Airport in pursuit of its mission.  The Council
and its members will be able to act as Airport Ambassadors and will provide both
clarity and support on airport matters in the broader stakeholder

Speaking of her appointment, Emma said, “I am
delighted that I have been asked by Minister Varadkar to join the Cork Airport
Development Council to represent the interests of West Cork.  I look forward to
representing Clonakilty Chamber of Commerce and the entire West Cork region and
to being a strong advocate for the development of Cork Airport for the benefit
of the region”.