The Minister for Transport has told the Dáil that the current 'half-way house' arrangement regarding Shannon and Cork airports cannot continue.

Leo Varadkar said his officials were in talks with the stakeholders and that the issue will then be brought before Government.

Speaking in the Dáil, Mr Varadkar said it was his intention to bring the issue to Government in April.

Fianna Fáil's Timmy Dooley said it was necessary to protect Shannon and that it needed funds.

Mr Dooley said the Dublin Airport Authority needed to be involved in funding Shannon.

The minister said the airports should not be reliant on subventions.

He said that both airports will be expected to break even by 2014 all the airports should be able to turn a profit.