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Ferris claims Shannon decision confirms warning on privatisation

10 August, 2007

Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris has claimed that the decision by Aer Lingus to terminate its Shannon - Heathrow service confirms the warnings made by opponents of the privatisation of the company. The North Kerry deputy said that those who supported the selling off of Aer Lingus had to take responsibility for the decision.

Deputy Ferris said: "Sinn Féin and the trade union movement warned that one of the consequences of privatising Aer Lingus would be that decisions inimical to the national interest would be made. Closing the Heathrow route will have potentially devastating effects on the Shannon hinterland as the London connection is vital to tourism and industry in the region.

"I fully support the trade unions' call for the decision to be reversed and for the Government to exercise its 25% share-holding in the national interest to ensure that the company is made change its mind." ENDS

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