Wednesday 20 September 2017

No plane sailing for Paschal with Aer Lingus bid in balance

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe
Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe
Lise Hand

Lise Hand

The two ministers were in (ahem) flying form altogether. Paschal Donohoe and Charlie Flanagan were merrily posing with small models of various famous buildings such as the Colosseum and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, while a plane-shaped elephant circled the room.

There was a certain irony in the fact that the Transport and Tourism Minister and the Foreign Affairs Minister were unveiling the impressive list of far-flung edifices set to turn green for Paddy's Day, while the controversy over the mooted sell-off of our shamrocked airline is still in full flight.

Things are looking up (to paraphrase an old Aer Lingus ad) in tourism, and there were lots of satisfying statistics for Tourism Ireland chief Niall Gibbons to parade to the press about the increasing number of visitors flocking to the auld sod from all corners and continents, now that the country is hauling itself out of the deep doo-doo.

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