Fianna Fáil wants Government to delay Aer Lingus vote

Fianna Fáil wants Government to delay Aer Lingus vote

The Dáil is set to vote on the sale of the Government's stake in Aer Lingus today.

Further details have emerged about a confidential report prepared for the airline by consultants NYRAS - which reportedly sets out a range of cost reductions including cuts to cabin crew and pilot numbers.

However, Aer Lingus says the report was a cost-base comparison presentation and has no bearing on jobs.

Fianna Fáil is calling for today's vote to be suspended in light of the report.

Transport Spokesperson Timmy Dooley is refusing to accept the airline's claims that the report has nothing to with jobs.

"My understanding is that it recommends an aggressive approach to those cost reductions, with potential savings of around €60m," he said.

"I think if anybody were to do any basic analysis they would know that a €60m reduction in cost will see a reduction in the number of people employed, either directly, or through indirect companies."

Aer Lingus chief executive Steven Kavanagh has moved to reassure the Labour Party about job concerns at the airline.

Mr Kavanagh wrote to Labour Junior Minister Ged Nash last night - stating that the airline has a strong preference to use direct labour wherever this can be done "effectively and efficiently".

He said it is the company's clear preference to avoid compulsory redundancies.

More on this topic

Aer Lingus records €45m operating profit since joining IAGAer Lingus records €45m operating profit since joining IAG

Government to formally accept IAG's offer for Aer LingusGovernment to formally accept IAG's offer for Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus shareholders vote in favour of IAG takeoverAer Lingus shareholders vote in favour of IAG takeover

Gatwick slots handed over for Aer Lingus sale approvalGatwick slots handed over for Aer Lingus sale approval


More in this Section

Legal Aid Board calls for 'rethink' as it sees increase in waiting listsLegal Aid Board calls for 'rethink' as it sees increase in waiting lists

Leo Varadkar reiterates willingness to work with FF 'if the numbers fall a certain way'Leo Varadkar reiterates willingness to work with FF 'if the numbers fall a certain way'

Oberstown Children’s Detention Campus facing legal claims worth up to €4.79mOberstown Children’s Detention Campus facing legal claims worth up to €4.79m

Sinn Féin launches policy proposals on mental healthSinn Féin launches policy proposals on mental health


Lifestyle

After years of saying no, Patrick Stewart tells Georgia Humphreys why he finally agreed to reprise his role as Jean-Luc PicardPatrick Stewart on boldly returning for Star Trek Picard

Cork teenager Jessie Griffin is launching a new comic-book series about her own life. She tells Donal O’Keeffe about her work as a comic artist, living with Asperger’s, and her life-changing time with the Cork Life CentrePicture perfect way of sharing Jessie’s story

Sorting out Cork people for agesAsk Audrey: The only way to improve air quality in Douglas is to move it upwind from Passage West

The Lighthouse is being hailed as one of the best — and strangest — films of the year. Its director tells Esther McCarthy about casting Robert Pattinson, and why he used 100-year-old lensesGoing against the grain: Robert Eggers talks about making his latest film The Lighthouse

More From The Irish Examiner