Tanaiste refuses to answer questions on Ryanair’s Departure from Shannon – BREEN.

February 5th, 2009 - Pat Breen

Efforts by Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen to question the Tanaiste on the Order of Business in the Dail this morning on Ryanair’s annoucement to reduce their Shannon Base were ruled out of order by the Ceann Comhairle.

“Following this morning devastating news from Shannon that Ryanair is to reduce its Shannon Base with the loss of 100 jobs I attempted to raise this matter with the Tanaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Mary Coughlan on the order of business.   I was ruled out of order by the Ceann Comhairle.”

“Since I was first elected to Dail Eireann in 2002 I am hearing promises of Dail Reform.  It is absolutely frustrating that urgent issues of the day cannot be raised here in the House and Ministers held to account.”

“I intend to continue to pursue the Tanaiste and her Government colleagues in relation to this matter.  There is a window of opportunity now before the planned pullout of services by Ryanair and the Government must sit down with the Airline and the Shannon Airport Airport with a view to resolving the current crisis.”

“There is too much at stake for this Region for the Government to sit idly by.”

Detail of the Dail Order of Business – Thursday 5th February 2009.

Deputy Pat Breen: This morning, Michael O’Leary announced 100 job loses at Shannon Airport and a reduction of services from six to five aircraft and to two aircraft in the winter.  These job loses are on top of those recently announced at Dell.  During an interview on local radio this morning, Mr. O’Leary blamed the Government travel tax for this.  Will the Tánaiste sit down with Ryanair and the Shannon Airport Authority, particularly as she was in the region last week, to discuss this serious issue which the mid-west now faces?

An Ceann Comhairle: I cannot go into this.  Legislation is not promised in this area.