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Government must stop treating Shannon as an afterthought - Quinlivan

20 October, 2007

Following today’s rally in Limerick city in support of the mid west region and Aer Lingus workers Sinn Féin representative Maurice Quinlivan  has today called on the government to stop treating Shannon as an afterthought . North Kerry TD Martin Ferris and Nenagh Town Councillor Seamus Morris also attended the rally.

Mr. Quinlivan was said:

“Successive Fianna Fáil led governments have continuously treated the mid west region in its entirety as an afterthought.

“Investment in infrastructure, public services, job creation and community safety has all fallen far short of what is needed to sustain this region.

“Now more than the people need to actively demand that this government put in place a coherent and deliverable regional development plan for the mid west. Securing Aer Lingus’s commitment to Shannon Airport must be part of this plan.

“The decision to privatise Aer Lingus was not in the best interest of the Irish people.  It has and will continue to hinder the connectivity of this region. Privatisation of state assets, infrastructure, services and communications does not deliver in the interests of ordinary people.  

 “Sinn Féin supports the Aer Lingus workers in their fight to maintain job security, terms and conditions. There should be no regional disparity in wage agreement with workers by any company operating anyway on the island of Ireland. Such an arrangement fly’s in the face of the Good Friday Agreement.

“Aer Lingus has a strategic part to play in ensuring international connectivity for regional airports throughout the 32 counties is sustained thus making certain the islands tourism industry is not adversely affected. Government with its golden share and 3 board of management seats must start to exercise its backbone is this job of work.” CRÍOCH

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