Aer Lingus wants to abolish a regulation that means flights from North America must first land at Shannon Airport.

Aer Lingus wants to end the compulsory stopover  at Shannon Airport for North American flights. Political, trade union and business leaders from the mid west came to Leinster House to press their case for its retention.

The future of Shannon Aiport is tonight very firmly on the political agenda.

Minister for State Willie O'Dea objects to the proposals and comments on the importance of the stopover to the region. 

Lobbyists from the mid-West region including councillors met with Transport Minister Brian Cowen at Leinster House to discuss the issue. The Shannon Workers Group 'Signal' and 'Status' the body representing commercial interests in the region also met with Minister Cowen. Tony Walsh of the Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU) spoke to RTÉ News about the outcome of the meeting. 

As lobbying continues, a government decision on the future of the Shannon stopover will be made in the next few weeks.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 23 June 1993. The reporter is Michael Lally.