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Save our National Airline

7 April, 2006

Sinn Féin activists will take part in a picket at the Dublin Airport roundabout at 3pm on Saturday afternoon to show their opposition to the proposed sale of Aer Lingus, the state's national airline. They will be joined by Cllrs Felix Gallagher (Fingal County Council) and Dessie Ellis (Dublin City Council). Both Councils, along with South Dublin County Council passed Sinn Féin motions of opposition to the proposed sale.

Speaking ahead of the protest Cllr Ellis, who is the Sinn Féin candidate in Dublin North-West in the coming General Election, said: "The proposed sale has accurately been described as an act of economic vandalism. We are going to sell a profitable, efficient democratically owned company because the Government refuses to invest in it but the sale itself will only raise at best a quarter of the investment Aer Lingus management claims is needed."

Cllr Gallagher said: "There is no economic reason for this sale. The Government can invest in this airline, contrary to some of the spin in the media and the analysis of Labour on Fingal Council who opposed our motion not to sell off the airline. One of the greatest assets belonging to the people of Ireland is going to be sold to private investors whose sole goal will be to ring every last cent out of the airline regardless of the strategic needs of our island economy." ENDS

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