One of the world’s most unusual aircraft arrives at Shannon Airport Shannon Group statement on the Aer Lingus decision to close its Shannon Airport base Advertisement NewsBreaking newsLimerick TD – Save Shannon slotsBy Bernie English – January 19, 2015 694 Aer Lingus announcement for Shannon base – Limerick Chamber statement Previous article100 jobs on way from AMAXNext articleDream of a City; poem for the day Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. WhatsApp Shannon Airport “has been abandoned” Facebook Email Twitter Linkedin Urgent action needed to ensure Regional Air Connectivity RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR As IAG was reported to be preparing a third and final bid for Aer Lingus , Limerick TD, Kieran O’Donnell (FG), has expressed his concern that Shannon’s Heathrow routes be preserved, and has confirmed that he will be raising the issue in the Dail this week.“This is a matter of absolute importance to me”, said Deputy O’Donnell. “This is critical for Shannon, Limerick and the entire region in terms of gateway connectivity and jobs.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The government must ensure that the State’s 25.1 per cent strategic shareholding in Aer Lingus is used to preserve the most strategic of all air connections, the Heathrow slots.“All the great work that has been done in strengthening Shannon airport would be undermined were the Heathrow slots to come under any threat in an impending deal for Aer Lingus,” he said.“Shannon’s independence has been successful, with passenger numbers through the airport increasing very strongly since the government made it independent. In 2007, the Shannon slots were redeployed by Aer Lingus for the Belfast routes, and heralded a period of decline in Shannon that has only been halted recently. This shows the crucial importance of these slots for Shannon airport.“I hold my views on this issue very strongly, and I am raising this in the Dail chamber this week.“We have worked very hard here in Limerick to bring in investment and create jobs. Air connectivity is one of the key elements in this. Heathrow is the most important hub in the world, and the government’s strategic shareholding must be used to ensure that Aer Lingus’s slots are used for the strategic benefit of Irish regions. This underpins Shannon’s broader role as an economic generator in the Mid-West region, and means that Shannon is the only airport on the Western Seaboard with a direct Heathrow connection.“These slots are absolutely critical for Shannon, Limerick and the Mid-West as they allow us to connect directly with Heathrow and from there, all of the major financial and investment centres in the world.“Aer Lingus’s slots in Heathrow are a unique national asset from which we in the Mid-West derive some really crucial benefits. These assets must be preserved for the people. TAGSAer LingusfeaturedKieran O’DonnellShannon airport Sad day for Limerick and Mid-West following Aer Lingus announcement – Mayor Michael Collins Print
“Offense has been the difference-maker,” Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said on MLB Network Friday afternoon from Marlins Park. “The offense was kind of wishy-washy early in the season. But since the All-Star break, the offense has really picked up.”It started before then. In fact, it pretty much started as soon as Kershaw stopped pitching.In 77 games through Kershaw’s June 26 start (his last before going on the DL), the Dodgers were hitting .235 as a team, averaging 4.1 runs per game and hit one home run every 30.4 at-bats.In those 62 games without Kershaw, the Dodgers hit .270 as a team, averaged 4.9 runs per game and hit a home run every 25.9 at-bats.How did losing their best pitcher to a back injury breathe life into the offense? “I just really think it was our time,” Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal said. “It was unfortunate, the fact that he went down. But it was time for the offense to come through.”Turner agrees, saying the offense was due to come alive whether Kershaw was taking his turn every fifth day or not.“I think a lot of guys were struggling early in the year,” Turner said. “We said, regardless of him, we knew guys just had to stick with it and eventually you’d be who your history says you are.”Four Dodgers regulars had OPS of .900 during the Kershaw-free zone — Grandal (1.017), Corey Seager (.953), Adrian Gonzalez (.927) and Turner (.900). Seager (.345) and Gonzalez (.328) hit over .300. Grandal had 18 home runs in the stretch. Turner (41) and Gonzalez (45) drove in over 80 runs between them.“There might be something to it that when you lose a guy like Clayton it forces guys to focus a little more, be a little bit better,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “But I think also part of it is by coincidence. We really struggled offensively early and we talked about it from April — the confidence myself, the coaches, the players had in themselves, we knew they were going to hit. Maybe it’s a little bit of both.”Ethier returnsOutfielder Andre Ethier completed his rehab assignment with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and will join the Dodgers in Miami this weekend. He will likely be activated before Saturday’s game.Ethier went 13 for 41 (.290) with four doubles, a home run and four RBIs in 11 games with the Quakes (five in the outfield, six at DH). The Dodgers will be able to use a DH for three games in New York next week, an opportunity for Roberts to give Ethier some playing time.“Wth ’Dre, obviously we’ve got to get him involved,” Roberts said. “He’s going to get some occasional starts. He’s going to be used off the bench in some big spots. With Andre, a lot of it is contingent upon his leg and the conversation he and I will have about what makes him feel good and how he can help us win baseball games.”Kazmir statusLeft-hander Scott Kazmir underwent a bone scan on his thoracic area Friday to determine the source of the pain that forced him to leave his rehab start with Triple-A Oklahoma City Wednesday after facing seven batters and retiring only two.The results of Kazmir’s exam were not available in Miami Friday. But Roberts talked pessimistically about Kazmir being able to return quickly regardless of the diagnosis, calling in to question his availability for the start of the playoffs.“Once we get the imaging we’ll have more clarity. But to come out of a game after X amount of pitches — it’s going to take some time to get back,” Roberts said. “To ramp back up, obviously there’s a shutdown period, it’s a couple weeks, with where we’re at on the calendar — it’s going to be a conversation. We’ll see.”NotesWith Kazmir’s anticipated return next week scratched, the Dodgers will start rookies Jose De Leon on Monday and Julio Urias on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. Kershaw is scheduled to make his next start in the series finale against the New York Yankees on Wednesday. … Right-hander Carlos Frias was recalled and placed on the 60-day DL in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Kershaw to be activated from the DL. Frias was already on the minor-league DL with an oblique injury and hasn’t pitched since. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error MIAMI >> The Dodgers made good on Justin Turner’s promise.“If we were going to be where we wanted to be, everybody had to be better,” Turner said of the Dodgers’ mindset 10 weeks ago when they got the news that their ace, Clayton Kershaw, was going to the DL with a herniated disc in his back. “We didn’t have a meeting or anything. We just knew.“Clayton texted me and said, ‘Keep the guys going,’ things like that. I told him, ‘Don’t worry. We’re going to keep going. You just worry about getting back. And when you come back, we’ll be a better team.’”He was right. Kershaw left a team that was 41-36 and eight games out in its division. He returned Friday night to a team that had gone 38-24 in his absence — only the Chicago Cubs were better in that time — and built a five-game lead in the National League West.