Government still flying in face of the future with its refusal to accept truth on Aer Lingus
Head-on collisions between politics and commercial realities aren't a pretty sight. The fact is that the future of Aer Lingus is imperilled to save short-term jobs.
Not primarily the existing 3,900 jobs, nor the 2,100 ground staff; no, it boils down to trying to save seven jobs of Labour TDs.
Brendan Ryan and Sean Kelly are already in deep jeopardy in Dublin North; John Lyons, Robert Dowds and Dominic Hannigan are set to struggle in any event. What we have here is a seminal case of parish pump politics superseding the national interest. It is compounded by the political cynicism of Fianna Fáil's opportunistic opposition in Shannon and Cork, displaying convenient amnesia in as much as it was Fianna Fáil that privatised 75pc of the company in 2006.