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Government should use departure of Aer Lingus Executives to affirm status of airline as State company

16 November, 2004

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Transport has called on the Government to make "positive use" of the departure from Aer Lingus of its Chief Executive Willie Walsh and two other executives today. Deputy Crowe said the Government should "use the opportunity to affirm that Aer Lingus will remain a State company and an essential strategic national asset".

The Dublin South West TD said, "The Departure of Aer Lingus Chief Executive, Willie Walsh and the two other executives who joined him in the failed management buy-out of the airline will be greeted by many in the airlines workforce with relief. Willie Walsh's unyielding drive to shed jobs and outsource traditional services within the highly profitable airline in his attempt to out do Ryanair has gone along way to turning the company in to another low-cost carrier instead of a national airline.

"The Government should make positive use of the opportunity of the departure of these executives who wanted to engage in nothing more than a scandalous and selfish management privatisation buy-out. They should affirm that Aer Lingus will remain a State company, will not be privatised, and will be retained as an essential strategic national asset." ENDS

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