Responding to the interview today given by Minister Leo Varadkar where he described the government’s minority stake in Aer Lingus as ‘non strategic’ and indicated that it would be sold off Socialist Party TD and former Aer Lingus employee Clare Daly said:
“Given the catastrophic decline in private sector investment since the crisis began deputy Varadkar turns reality on its head when he describes that state’s strategic interest in Aer Lingus as a thing of the past.
“In truth all government assets should be viewed as strategic from the point of view of preserving and improving infrastructure and services as well as providing employment. If anything the national debate should centre on how through public works and expanding state enterprises we can create the tens of thousands of jobs that the private sector refuses to create because of its investment strike.
“Privatisation has been a disaster for Aer Lingus and Eircom employees and for Irish society. I support my colleagues in Aer Lingus resisting any attempt to complete the sell off of a vital asset for our island economy. Likewise I offer my solidarity to ESB workers who are currently the target of a vile campaign from certain quarters of the media who are cynically trying to engender a mood in society for an ateality on its head when he describes that state’s strategic interest in Aer Lingus as a thing of the past.