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Coughlan’s failure has left SR Technics staff at the mercy of Michael O’Leary – Morgan

16 February, 2010

Sinn Féin Enterprise, Trade and Employment Spokesperson Arthur Morgan TD has said the controversy over the jobs at SR Technics should never have been allowed to develop.

Deputy Morgan said it is an indictment on Mary Coughlan and the Government that we are in a situation in which the likes of Michael O’Leary can name his price from the Government for the retention of jobs that should never have been at risk.

Speaking this afternoon Deputy Morgan said:

“Minister Mary Coughlan’s handling of the SR Technics debacle has been nothing short of shambolic. Many of the jobs that have already been lost at the company could have been saved had the Government had of intervened at the time.

“The failure of the Government to intervene has left the workers and the Government at the mercy of the likes of Michael O’Leary who now feels that he can hold the state to ransom and name his price for the creation of these jobs. This situation is an indictment on the Minister and the Government.

“Does the Minister actually believe that Michael O’Leary was serious about the prospects of creating 300 jobs, or was he merely seeking cheep publicity on the backs of the hopes of the 830 former SR Technics workers.

“This situation that has now erupted at Dublin Airport exposes the Government’s lack of any plan to create or retain jobs and shows that they had no plans to help former SR Technics employees to find work elsewhere. This situation should never have been allowed to develop.” ENDS

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