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Crowe calls for Brennan to scrap State Airports Bill

8 June, 2004

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Transport Seán Crowe TD has reiterated his call on Transport Minister Séamus Brennan to produce a White Paper on Air Transport and also to scrap the forthcoming State Airports Bill asking what "vested interests" his plans for breaking up Aer Rianta would serve.

Deputy Crowe said:

"It is scandalous and irresponsible for Séamus Brennan to push the privatisation agenda against all advice. Millions of euros have been spent on reports claiming that the breakup of Aer Rianta would be a disaster yet he continues to insist it will happen. At the same time he is ignoring what actually needs to be done to improve air transport by placing a Ministerial order preventing the new terminal at Dublin airport from going ahead. There is no rationale for his refusal to act on immediate issues that need addressing for the good of air travel while attempting to push forward ill-conceived plans to break up a state company like Aer Rianta

"Next week the State Airports Bill is scheduled to come before the House again. This would enable the Government to carry out its deeply flawed plans for Aer Rianta's break up. I would urge him to pull back on this legislation and to listen to the many organisations which have presented him with the reasons why this should not go ahead. Sinn Féin have asked him to produce a White Paper on Air Transport as a matter of urgency before rushing into the unnecessar sell-off of Aer Lingus or breaking up Aer Rianta ? some coherent policy paper must be produced on the state of Ireland's Air Transport. Workers and the travelling public need to know exactly who are the vested interests that aredriving the break-up of this financially viable company??" ENDS

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