Wednesday 17 January 2018

Pilgrims' progress disrupted by strike

Mary Farrell (19), from Co Longford, at Dublin Airport. Photo: Mark Condren
Mary Farrell (19), from Co Longford, at Dublin Airport. Photo: Mark Condren
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

SCORES of disgruntled passengers filed through Dublin Airport unable to restrain their anger over today's 24-hour strike by Aer Lingus cabin crew.

Mary Farrell (19), from Co Longford, yesterday told how her travel plans had been thrown into complete disarray, and was forced to to fly out to Boston a day earlier than scheduled.

"It's put me out quite a bit and messed up my plans. I was meant to meet another girl tomorrow, but she'll have to spend the night alone in Boston.

"I thought it would have been called off at this stage," she told the Irish Independent.

"There should have been a bit of leeway on both sides," added her mother, Joan.

Margaret Fitzpatrick and Joan Ferns from Portlaoise – both travelling to Lisbon – said they had to reschedule their pilgrimage to Fatima.

"They've no right to strike; it's a lot of disruption for people. It's also a bank holiday weekend so this is a particularly busy time and will impact on tourism," said Margaret. Ian Baker and Terry Kenny from Donaghmede, in Dublin, were scheduled to depart for Amsterdam today, but were told they had to pick another departure day.

"We had to pay for another night of accommodation. In a kind of way it actually worked out in our favour because we get an extra day overseas.

"But the timing isn't great.

"I'm sure it's disrupted the plans of an awful lot of people,'' said Ian.

Irish Independent

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