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Ferris slams lay offs at Shannon

2 November, 2007

Kerry North TD Martin Ferris has slammed the decision by Aer Lingus to lay off 51 workers at Shannon as a consequence of closing the link to Heathrow.

Deputy Ferris said: "The decision to get rid of 51 workers at Shannon is the inevitable consequence of the closure of the Heathrow connection. It once again highlights what happens when public companies are privatised and the public interest is overlooked in the interests of private shareholders. This is a major blow obviously for the persons concerned but also for the south west region which will continue to suffer from the loss of the London route.

"This is a cynical move by management who have held off making the announcement for as long as possible. The only reason they announce it now is because of the impending opening of the new Belfast to Heathrow route.

"I want to categorically state that, contrary to some rumours which have been put about by some political opinions, the decision to end the Shannon Heathrow routes had absolutely nothing to do with the negotiations at St. Andrews to re-establish the power sharing assembly at Stormont. These rumours are part of a cynical attempt by local Fianna Fáil members to shift the blame for this whole debacle which has been brought about by their own disastrous privatisation policy." ENDS

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