Thanks, once again to Dublin Opinion for this one, regarding the dashing of Ulick McEvaddy's hopes of turning Knock Airport into Mayo's very own Airstrip One. Ulick, you may recall, claimed a couple of weeks back that he was open to allowing US military flights refuel at the airport, while at the same time remaining reticent about his own lucrative impending contracts with the US Navy. According to a news report from the Mayo News, Mr Liam Scollan, CEO of the airport has stated that military flights will not be considered under any circumstances; indeed Mr Scollan said, in greater detail that 'we would not see serving military flights which do not have the support of the UN as consistent with the policy and aims of Ireland West Airport. We would have ethical problems and we wanted to make an unequivocal statement to people to say that we do not ever intend to handle those flights.' An admirable outbreak of backbone among Irish administration, something which has not been seen for some years now.
Knock will however be handling transatlantic flights soon enough, and Deppity John Perry from across the border in County Sligo, is claiming that he is responsible for this development, having bent the air of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg during the visit of the Big Cheese (and big supporter of the Iraq war) to Seanachie's homestead of Ballymote, County Sligo last summer. Well, he would, wouldn't he?