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Labour should lower their heads in shame as they support the sale of our national carrier- Louise O’Reilly

28 May, 2015

Sinn Féin general election candidate for Dublin Fingal Louise O’ Reilly has criticised Labour for its role in the sale of Aer Lingus to IAG.

Speaking today Ms. O’ Reilly said:

“Both Fianna Fáil and the Labour party have very short memories when it comes to Aer Lingus.

“Back when Fianna Fáil was in throes of selling of the airline, Labour party deputies were vociferous in their opposition to this sale.

“Labour articulated its position very clearly with Deputy Stagg stating in 2006:

Is the Minister aware that the Labour Party has taken a very firm decision on the matter of privatisation, particularly in regard to Aer Lingus, and that it will not involve itself in any
future Government which would advance such a policy?

“The government is playing up the potential that they see for investment but the truth is that our stake in Aer Lingus is being sold off at a bargain basement price - the Heathrow Slots alone are worth more than €335M. 

“Jobs will be lost as a result of this and our connectivity to the rest of the world will now be in the hands of a London based corporation.”

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