Aer Lingus bid: Coalition differs over sale of airline

Labour backbenchers are uneasy but resigned to the sale of some state assets. However, they are overtly hostile to the sale of any of them to Michael O'Leary.

23rd June, 2012
FF Senator Darragh O'Brien: `the airport is a big part of our lives.'

Labour backbenchers are uneasy but resigned to the sale of some state assets. However, they are overtly hostile to the sale of any of them to Michael O'Leary.

Labour TDs discussed the Ryanair offer to buy the former state airline at the parliamentary party's weekly meeting on Wednesday, with the mood overwhelmingly hostile, especially among TDs in constituencies close to the airport, where many of the airline's 3,400 employees live.

Most Labour TDs are instinctively hostile...

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