It has emerged that the two local authorities in Galway spent almost €80,000 last year on security at the abandoned Galway Airport.

The facility was closed to flights in 2013 and subsequently purchased by Galway City and County Councils.

A 2015 feasibility study recommended a number of options for the airport, including the establishment of a creative campus for the film and TV sector there.

In response to a question by Galway City Councillor Niall McNeilis, the local authority says that €79,510 was spent on the provision of security at the airport between December 2015 and December 2016.

The figure includes the cost of fitting a new intruder alarm and the services of both property management and security companies.

The Council says it is close to completing negotiations with a media company in relation to the short term lease of the Airport's hangar but there are no long term plans for the facility at the moment.

No runway maintenance work has been carried out by the local authorities since they completed the purchase.

Several proposals have been made regarding the 114-acre side in Carnmore, on the eastern fringes of the city. These include using it as a site for a new hospital or developing a mixed use business park.

The 2015 feasibility study commissioned by the Councils concluded the facility was not a commercially viable location for the provision of scheduled air passenger services.

The authors cited advances in road infrastructure and limited State supports for regional airports.