Hey Kaitak, never realised you were Irish, there seems to be a lot of us in here, or maybe, there a lot of people who just want to be!! (j/k)
anyway, while it is great that Ireland is getting rid of the tax, as you said yourself, it was never really a problem here, £5 on the face of things is nothing. The real pain was Englands tax, which always pushed the price up for any sort of good looking deals. Also, even transisting through london to go somewhere else, which always seems to be the case with me, costs a fortune. It really is stupid, and some would say illegal??
anyway, maybe they will see sense soon, but considering they are pushing up passport prices in England, it seems the Labour governement don't want the English to fly!!!
as for the Shannon stop over, well enough said.
Aircraft I've flown: A300/A310/A320/A321/A330/A340/B727/B732/B733/B734/B735/B738/B741/B742/B744/DC10/MD80/IL62/Bae146/AR