Is this another blip by the Tanaiste – BREEN.

November 9th, 2009 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen will demand that the Tanaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Mary Coughlan clarify comments she made in the Mid-West Region on Friday last when she claimed that the Government was discussions with Ryanair about the controversial Air Travel Tax. Deputy Breen will be raising this matter when the Dail resumes tomorrow afternoon and he will also seek answers from the Taoiseach Brian Cowen and the Minister for Transport and Marine Noel Dempsey. “Is this another blip by this Tanaiste, after all, she has a habit of making some ill-informed comments, however, the declining passenger numbers through Shannon Airport is too serious an issue for another off the cuff comment from the Tanaiste.”

“When the Dail resumes tomorrow afternoon I will be demanding immediate answers from the Tanaiste Mary Coughlan on comments she made in the Mid-West Region on Friday last, when she said that the Government is in discussions with Ryanair regarding the controversial €10 Air Travel Tax.”

“Ryanair have denied that any discussions have taken place and of course, this Tanaiste has made a habit of making some ill-informed comments, so it would not surprise me if this was another blip.”

“I will also be demanding that the Taoiseach Brian Cowen and the Minister for Transport and Marine Noel Dempsey outline what they know about these discussions with Ryanair.”

“For the past 12 months I have been imploring on this Government to revisit this Air Travel Tax which is having a detrimental affect on our Tourism and Aviation Sector. I am afraid though that these comments by the Tanaiste were only an effort to deflect attention away from her own failure to implement a single one of the recommendations of the Mid-West Region’s Task Force report which she set up in the wake of the Dell job losses.”

“The future of the Air Travel Tax and the implications of this Governments continued persistence with in the light of declining tourism figures is too serious for another “off the cuff” remark by the Tanaiste and she must clarify this matter immediately.”