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Dublin City Council unanimously passes Sinn Féin motion opposing Aer Lingus decision

5 September, 2007


Dublin Sinn Féin Councillor Dessie Ellis has recieved unanimous support from Dublin City Council for an emergency motion which he proposed jointly with his colleague, Councillor Christy Burke that calls on Senior Management at Aer Lingus to reverse its decision regarding to cut its Shannon Heathrow service.

Speaking after the Council meeting Councillor Ellis said, "The decision by Aer Lingus management to cut its Shannon Heathrow route will have a huge impact both for the development of the mid western region and for the pay and working conditions of Aer Lingus staff. There are also concerns regarding the Cork Heathrow route. All of this is a direct result of the Government decision to privatise our National Carrier.

"This evening I, along with my colleague Councillor Christy Burke, proposed a motion which called on Senior Management at Aer Lingus to reverse its decision regarding to cut its Shannon Heathrow service. I am happy to say that the motion received the unanimous backing of the Council.

"It is vitally important that we continue to oppose the Aer Lingus decision and put pressure on the Government to use its 25.1% shareholding in the company to force an EGM to reverse it. However, it is also vitally important that we continue to highlight the huge consequences to Irish society of this Government's privatisation agenda." ENDS

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