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Airport jobs should be top priority

TANAISTE Mary Coughlan is under pressure to urgently deliver 300 jobs for Dublin promised by Ryanair. The airline said it initially had 500 jobs on the cards for the former SR Technics site in Dublin Airport.

Some 200 of these jobs have since been relocated to Glasgow.

Ryanair has a difficult relationship with the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) and says this is the reason it contacted the Tanaiste's Enterprise & Employment department with news of its plans, hoping to strike a deal with the Tanaiste and the IDA as opposed to the DAA.

It is understandable that Ms Coughlan might not want to get involved in the dispute between Ryanair and the DAA.

However, there are 300 jobs on the line here -- and strong leadership by Ms Coughlan is required to salvage the situation.

The closure of SR Technics last year came as a massive blow to the North County Dublin region - Ms Coughlan owes it to those former employees and their families to do something about Ryanair's offer.