Farrell welcomes Tánaiste’s comments that reaffirm Aer Lingus will not be allowed to fail

18th February 2021 - Alan Farrell TD

An Tánaiste Leo Varadkar today reaffirmed Aer Lingus will not be allowed to fail following an exchange with Dublin Fingal Fine Gael TD, Alan Farrell in Dáil Eireann.

Speaking today, the Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar said Aer Lingus will not be allowed to fail and that in addition to the €150m provided under the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF), talks are underway between Ministers Paschal Donohoe and Eamon Ryan with regard to what supports can be given to the company and its employees.

Deputy Farrell said, “The aviation sector has been dramatically impacted by the pandemic and this has led to thousands of workers being left in uncertainty as to the future of their employment. This has caused real stress and worry among airline staff and all those who rely on a strong aviation sector for their employment.

“Today’s comments from An Tánaiste will be hugely significant to so many across Fingal. Having spoken to hundreds of constituents on this issue in recent months, I am aware of the toll this is taking on our community, I have consistently called for greater support, through ISIF and am pleased that the relevant Government Departments are taking action.”

Deputy Farrell continued, “Fine Gael is committed to protecting jobs and stabilising the economy, this will not be a straightforward or easy process, but it is something that is paramount to our work in Government.

“Our connectivity to the world relies heavily on a strong aviation sector, this brings countless benefits to our country and economy, from tourism revenue to exports and imports of essential items. Aer Lingus has been at the heart of the Irish aviation sector for much of its existence and occupies a unique space in Irish culture and history.

“Ensuring the survival of Aer Lingus will benefit all of Irish society and I look forward to progressing this issue and continuing my support of aviation workers,” Deputy Farrell added.

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