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    or a bit more successful than the planned casinos in north county dublin

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    What is the attraction of Athlone for this sort of undertaking? I would have thought somewhere close to one of the major airports would have made some sense. In particular in the vicinity of either Swords- north county Dublin or Shannon-Limerick. Actually, wasn't there an announcement a few years back of a major development around Dublin airport?
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    Not even in his constituency!
    Athlone has avery large shopping complex.

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    is the reasoning for Athlone

    i) its central position in the country,
    ii) fits in with the govt spatial strategy?

    i agree it should be located nearer to Dublin- but what would i know

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKane View Post
    What is the attraction of Athlone for this sort of undertaking? I would have thought somewhere close to one of the major airports would have made some sense. In particular in the vicinity of either Swords- north county Dublin or Shannon-Limerick. Actually, wasn't there an announcement a few years back of a major development around Dublin airport?
    Loads of land.
    Motorway access.
    Rail access.
    And as for Airports - Passengers flying from Horseleap in three years? - News - Roundup - Articles - Westmeath Independent only 25Km away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKane View Post
    What is the attraction of Athlone for this sort of undertaking? I would have thought somewhere close to one of the major airports would have made some sense. In particular in the vicinity of either Swords- north county Dublin or Shannon-Limerick. Actually, wasn't there an announcement a few years back of a major development around Dublin airport?
    I was thinking much the same myself. If the decision is to promote a regional location, then Limerick-Shannon would look to be the place to flog. It could take such investment without any particular need for infrastructure. For what its worth, Shannon Airport has the only runway in the country suitable for direct flights to Asia. Rather than leave the tumbleweed blow across the tarmac while they attempt to create something out of nothing in a field outside Athlone, we could be using the facilities that we've already spent money developing.

    So, yeah, I think people should absolutely be asking what this is about.
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    I don't mean to rain on your parade Westmeath lads, and I am from Cork but I'm not being biased when I say this, but wouldn't it be better in Cork? UCC provides the most extensive range of Chinese courses and Cork houses the chinese cultural institute. If not, then Dublin, because UCD do provide a course in Chinese with commerce. Westmeath is kind of a weird place, I suppose Mammy O'Rourke got it there did she?

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    At the risk of sounding ignorant, what exactly is an "industry hub"? Also RTÉ says it would employ 10,000 people. That's more than half of Athlone's population, so obviously it will rely on workers from outside the region. Will this lead to a sharp rise in Athlone's population? I know it is near a motorway, but a development of this size(it also may expand in the future) warrents some form of rail link or rapid bus connection. In my opinion it should be located near a railway, so a station may be constructed. Car dependent developments are bad for the enviornment and go against the national development plan, and the Kyoto agreement to reduce our CO2 emissions.

    has anybody raised these issues? does Westmeath County Coucil care?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schuhart View Post
    I was thinking much the same myself. If the decision is to promote a regional location, then Limerick-Shannon would look to be the place to flog. It could take such investment without any particular need for infrastructure. For what its worth, Shannon Airport has the only runway in the country suitable for direct flights to Asia. Rather than leave the tumbleweed blow across the tarmac while they attempt to create something out of nothing in a field outside Athlone, we could be using the facilities that we've already spent money developing.

    So, yeah, I think people should absolutely be asking what this is about.
    And the Shannon region already has a track record on building a similar type of world changing industry.

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