Ross's report a flight of fancy
Published 03/10/2010 | 09:48
Sir -- Shane Ross's article (Sunday Independent, September 26, 2010) in relation to a tender for taxi services at Dublin Airport contained a number of inaccuracies as well as much innuendo.
Mr Ross's claim that the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) is "struggling" to find retail tenants for Terminal Two is untrue. When the new terminal opens in November, its retail space will be fully let. His assertion that the DAA receives taxpayers' funds is also inaccurate. Unlike Mr Ross, who receives a senator's salary and expenses from the taxpayer, the DAA receives no funding whatsoever from the State.
The report was also littered with innuendo in relation to the provision of a taxi service for certain staff at Dublin Airport. There is a taxi service for staff without access to a car who need to travel to and from work outside of the hours when public transport is available. This is not free, as staff pay up to 40 per cent of the cost.