Lucinda Creighton: Our politicians have outsourced policy-making to expert groups

The strangely muted response from the government and the opposition to the decision by Aer Lingus to close its cabin crew base at Shannon was an example of the political system’s reluctance to do its most important job: develop policy, then implement it

Aer Lingus’s decision to permanently close its ground operation at Shannon Airport is an enormous blow to the region but political reaction to the decision was muted