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Minister Donohue must meet Transport Committee on Aer Lingus future – Ellis

28 January, 2015 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin Transport spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has called on the Minister Paschal Donohoe to come before the Transport Committee later this week to discuss the future of the state held stake in Aer Lingus. He made his comments following a decision by the Oireachtas Committee on Transport to request submissions from stakeholders on the future of the company, following a letter sent to the committee by Deputy Ellis.

Deputy Ellis said;

"I am very glad that the committee has agreed to hold meetings to discuss the future of Aer Lingus given the very serious threat posed by the recent IAG takeover bid which the government has said they will consider. I wrote the Committee last week requesting these meetings with stakeholders, but the Minister must also be present.

“We hope to have representatives of the workers of Aer Lingus like IALPA and SIPTU, the Chamber of Commerce, the IDA, managers from Dublin and Shannon Airports and the tourism industry. The Minister should be present to listen to their thoughts and concerns and to address the issues this meeting will raise.

“The Minister must also make clear to members his thoughts at present. The potential loss of jobs and vital slots at Heathrow are a serious threat to our economy and the livelihood of many people who have worked long and hard in service of the company. The government must stand against this threat and work with all interested parties to avoid the sell off."

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