€1.2 million for IWAK and Donegal airport

The minister for transport, tourism and sport Shane Ross has announced almost 1.2 million euro in funding support for airports in the west & northwest.

Ireland West Airport Knock is to receive 870 thousand euro with Donegal airport getting 320 thousand.

The allocations are being made under the Regional Airports Programme 2015-2019 and will provide assistance towards the operational costs.

Regional airports in Kerry and Waterford also received funding in today’s announcement.

Fianna Fail TD in Donegal Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher says its great news for passengers in the northwest.

Meanwhile, Employees from a Sligo Biopharmaceutical Company have raised €37,000 for a Parkinson’s Charity.

More than 70 employees from the biopharmaceutical company AbbVie took part in a three-day, 400 kilometre cycle from Sligo to Cork earlier this year to raise vital funds for the Move4Parkinson’s charity.

The proceeds were recently presented to the charity at a donation event in the company’s medical device centre of excellence in Ballytivnan, Sligo.

This is the second year that AbbVie employees have donned their lycra for a good cause.

In 2015, 60 employees from across AbbVie’s five locations in Ireland took to their saddles to raise much-needed funds to provide services for people living with Crohn’s disease, colitis and arthritis.