Battle for Aer Lingus begins

The government is facing accusations that selling most of Aer Lingus is a triumph of right-wing ideology over common sense, writes Public Affairs Reporter Niamh Connolly.

6th August, 2005

“I'm not just going to click my fingers because some right-wing economists believe we should privatise. We're an island nation, Heavily dependent on trade, overseas investment and tourism. There are very important strategic issues which have to be satisfactorily resolved.” Taoiseach Bertie Ahern speaking about Aer Lingus to the Da il on November 17, 2004

Even for Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, a master of Houdini-like escapes, the impasse between the government and the largest union...

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