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IAG proposals are just kicking the can down the road - Ellis

2 February, 2015 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin Transport spokesperson Dessie Ellis has said that any proposal by IAG to further delay the removal of Irish routes from Heathrow is just kicking the can down the road and is not acceptable.

He made his comments following today’s announcement that IAG, who are seeking to buy Aer Lingus, would be willing to make new commitments to retain Irish UK routes from Heathrow for a further 5 years.

Deputy Ellis said;

"Losing these vital routes in 6 months or 5 years is still bad for our country, Aer Lingus and our economy. Delaying the damage this would do is not worth selling off the state stake when the state’s stake can be more effectively use to serve Irish interests.

“Ireland is a small island nation and our economy needs access which is consistent and secure. We cannot jeopardise that by throwing away the links that Aer Lingus provides us. This is the consensus of most of the experts who have spoken on the IAG offer and the importance of Aer Lingus.

“This proposal also does nothing to stop the loss of an estimated 1,200 jobs following any takeover by IAG. The Iberia airline company has shed 4,500 jobs since being taken over by IAG. 

“We cannot afford to lose the connectivity Aer Lingus gives us and we cannot afford to lose potentially thousands of good jobs."

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