Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport Timmy Dooley TD has said “despite the collapse of talks at the Labour Relations Commission I believe there are grounds for a resolution to the dispute at Aer Lingus without the need for strike action on Tuesday.”

Deputy Dooley said: “The IMPACT union has said today that considerable progress had been made at the LRC on the issue of summer rosters where there was an immediate concern for pilots, but that the talks broke down over longer term issues.

“I think Aer Lingus management could move this issue on now.  If both sides can re-engage on the issue of summer rosters and bring that to a conclusion, and the company offers to enter into a process of engagement over the longer term concerns of workers as a matter of urgency, I believe Tuesday’s industrial action can be called off.

“I welcome the comments from Transport Minister Leo Varadkar, urging more discussions to take place, however the Minister must understand that he may have to personally intervene here this weekend.  The country cannot afford to have an airline strike after the June Bank Holiday, affecting thousands of passengers.”

“The statement that IALPA, the pilots branch of IMPACT, remains open to resuming talks this weekend is very encouraging.  I don’t believe pilots at Dublin, Cork and Shannon want to go ahead with the planned action on Tuesday and the opportunity for further discussion and progress that should not be lost.”