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The sale of Aer Lingus was raised by Fingal councillors

The sale of Aer Lingus was raised by Fingal councillors

The sale of Aer Lingus was raised by Fingal councillors

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Fingal County councillors have had their say on the controversial Government decision to sell its shared in Aer Lingus with two emergency motions on the issue debated in the council chamber.

The Anti-Austerity Alliance and Sinn Féin councillors both brought separate motions on the subject with Sinn Féin's motions expressing 'grave concern' over the decision while the Anti-Austerity Alliance councillors went further and called for the re-nationalisation of Aer Lingus.

Cllr Eugene Coppinger (AAA) said that Aer Lingus was profitable and could survive as an independent airline and that shareholders in the company were seeking to maximise profits at the expense of the workers.

He said that if a similar level of job losses took place at Aer Lingus to when IAG bought Iberian airlines, there could be up to 1,200 jobs lost in the company.

'That would be devastating for this area,' he argued.

Cllr Malachy Quinn (SF) said that his part were opposed to the sale and that the airline had been 'abandoned by the Government'. He said that ultimately, the sale would lead to the loss of the Aer Lingus Heathrow slots and would have a 'devastating effect on Fingal'.

Cllr Darragh Butler (FF) said that the pension funds at the airline had been 'savaged' to 'fatten up' the airline for sale while Cllr Matthew Waine (AAA) and Cllr Paul Donnelly (SF) both criticised the Labour Party for failing to stop the deal.

Cllr Anne Devitt had a completely different view on the sale and said the Government parties should be congratulated for 'squeezing even more out of this deal'. She said the sale was a 'great deal for Fingal' and would result in the expansion of Aer Lingus and growth in jobs at Dublin Airport.


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