Tuesday 16 January 2018

Aer Lingus takeover: Stormy scenes in Dail as government accused of trying to 'ram' through sale

TDs due to vote on Aer Lingus sale tomorrow
TDs due to vote on Aer Lingus sale tomorrow
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

The Government has today been accused of trying to "ram through" the controversial Aer Lingus sale as the Opposition claims it is being kept in the dark.

There were rowdy scenes in the Dail as TDs begin a two day debate on the sale of the State's 25pc stake in Aer Lingus to the International Airlines Group (IAG).

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin has accused the Government of treating the Opposition with "contempt" after it cancelled the ordinary Dail business to pave the way for the Aer Lingus debate.

Mr Martin described the move as "slieveen".

"The manner in which the Government is treating the House is bringing the House into disrepute," he added.

Amid stormy scenes, Chief Whip Paul Kehoe was accused of being "dishonest" by Mr Martin.

Mr Kehoe replied: "Deputy Martin uses words like ram, slippery and slieveen. I'll leave those type of words to him because he's well used to them."

The debate is set to kick off this morning with TDs due to vote on the sale tomorrow.

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