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Brennan living in a Fantasyland of Free Market Economics

2 June, 2004

Speaking after meeting Aer Rianta workers and union representatives in Dublin Airport today, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Transport Seán Crowe TD reiterated the party's strong opposition to the break up of Aer Rianta and accused Minister Seamus Brennan of living in 'a the fantasyland of free market economics.'

The Dublin South-West TD said:

"It is almost a year since Minister Brennan first suggested he would be pushing ahead with the break up of Aer Rianta. He has yet to advance any coherent explanation for why he intends to shatter a successful and profitable state company beyond repair. He is content to live in fantasyland of free market economics and where he can vandalise a company on nothing more than a hunch.

"The independent reports and analyses have been mounting over that year, each one containing warnings of the problems, both financial and structural, in the proposals. It now seems that while the Minister has ignored the unions and those reports he has been reined in by the Minister of Finance who seems to have grave concerns over the proposed, and as yet unseen, legislation.

"We told the workers in Aer Rianta this afternoon that Sinn Féin is committed to opposing Minister Brennan‚s attempt to wreck a company that has been a huge asset to the Irish economy for over 60 years and we will stand by that pledge." ENDS

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