Tuesday 21 November 2017

Ryanair hits out at 'bungled' jobs plan

Anne-Marie Walsh Industry Correspondent

RYANAIR has rained on the "bungling" Government's parade by claiming 270 new state-supported jobs will cost the taxpayer €10m.

It claimed the massive cash boost is being given by Enterprise Ireland to create 71 new aircraft maintenance jobs and roughly 200 jobs at Dublin Aerospace.

Both companies are located in two hangars left vacant after SR Technics (SRT) pulled out of Dublin Airport last year, with the loss of over 1,100 jobs.

Enterprise Minister Batt O'Keeffe yesterday announced the 71 jobs at hangar three.

He said the vacancies would be created over three years by Irish-owned Eirtech Aviation, which already employs 65 workers.

But Ryanair claimed its €15m bid that the Government rejected would have created twice as many jobs.

It has subsequently announced that the planned jobs were relocated abroad.

"Today's announcement of engineering jobs is too little too late for many of the 1,200 engineers who lost their jobs at the former SRT hangar in Dublin," said a Ryanair spokesman.

"While it is great news for the small number of engineers who will be employed at Eirtech, it once again highlights that the taxpayer continues to pick up the bill for the bungling Irish Government."

Irish Independent

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