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Govt must stand up for Ireland’s strategic national interests and veto Aer Lingus sale – Dooley

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport Timmy Dooley is calling on the Transport Minister to clarify the Government’s position on IAG’s bid to take over Aer Lingus. The airline’s Board confirmed that it has received an offer of €2.55 per share, which it says it is considering. Deputy Dooley has reiterated his calls for the Government to use its 25% stake in the company to block the buy-out in order to protect connectivity and jobs and to maintain a long term strategic interest in the airline. Read More

Minister must rule out any sale of Govt stake in Aer Lingus – Dooley

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport Timmy Dooley TD is calling on the Transport Minister to rule out any sale of the Government’s stake in Aer Lingus in order to protect Ireland’s strategic national interests. IAG has come forward with a third offer for the carrier, believed to be worth €2.50 a share. Any such sale could see Aer Lingus’ critical Heathrow slots siphoned off, risking future connectivity and jobs at Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports. Read More

Minister must block any deal to sell Aer Lingus – Dooley

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport Timmy Dooley TD is calling on the Transport Minister to maintain the state's strategic shareholding in Aer Lingus and use it to block any potential sale to IAG. Such a sale could see the airline’s critical Heathrow slots siphoned off, risking future connectivity and growth. Even if assurances on the slots are forthcoming in advance of a sale, such commitments would be non-binding and likely to be eroded over time. Read More

Labour desperately try to separate themselves from Govt decisions to win back votes – FF

Responding to the reports that Labour are now trying to position themselves for the forthcoming election, Fianna Fáil Frontbench Spokesperson Timmy Dooley said: "I find it extraordinary that members of the Labour party are so desperate to save themselves that they are calling for more to be done on rent regulation and the housing crisis when they are partners in government. Labour Ministers have sat in the Cabinet that made the decisions to cut the rent supplement and rent cap. These cuts were made by the Tánaiste in her own department where she has cut €1.8 billion from welfare supports. Read More

Bold Thinking Needed if Western Rail Corridor to Succeed – Dooley

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport Timmy Dooley TD has called on Irish Rail to engage in bold thinking in order to secure the future of the Western Rail Corridor. The call comes following reports that the Government is currently reviewing the rail network with the possibility of line closures. Deputy Dooley believes that if a proper InterCity Service was established between Cork via Limerick and Ennis and ending in Galway it would dramatically improve passenger numbers on the line. Read More

Dooley slams Government parties’ debate dodging

Fianna Fáil TD for Clare Timmy Dooley says the refusal of local Government TDs to participate in TV debates is a dereliction of duty. Labour and Fine Gael TDs have snubbed Vincent Browne’s “The People’s Debate” and are refusing to put forward representatives to debate the issues in Clare. Read More

Road safety hazards must be addressed by Committee – Dooley

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport Timmy Dooley TD is calling on the Joint Committee on Transport & Communications to carry out a review of road safety hazards in light of rising road deaths. Last year saw 196 people killed on our roads, 6 more than in 2013. Read More

Fianna Fáil expresses serious concern over penalty points loophole

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson Transport Timmy Dooley has said he is very concerned by the potential for legal challenge to the application of penalty points to the licences for thousands of drivers after a loophole in the law was uncovered. Read More

Motorists penalised with penalty points because of NCT delays - Dooley

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Transport Timmy Dooley has criticised the Transport Minister for bringing in new penalty points for drivers without a valid NCT cert without addressing the major backlogs in the testing system. The new points come into force today but drivers are waiting up to four months for a test at an NCT centre. Read More

Dooley pays tribute to John Minogue

Clare Fianna Fáil TD Timmy Dooley has paid tribute to John Minogue from Tulla who died yesterday, describing him as “a gentleman, a friend and a man who loved his community.” Read More

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