Next week’s proposed Aer Lingus strike will cause travel mayhem and immediate intervention from the Government is imperative, according to Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Timmy Dooley TD.

Deputy Dooley commented: “In September, strike action was only narrowly averted and at the time I called on Minister Leo Varadkar to meet all sides to try and reach some sort of compromise. Instead he has let the situation slide and opportunity after opportunity has been lost by the Minister to bring about a resolution.

“We have a five-point resolution plan on the table now from IBEC and ICTU but a two-hour work stoppage next Monday still cannot be avoided. We are now at the 11th hour and the Minister cannot stand on the side lines any longer.  He must use his influence to bring all sides together to try and bring about a compromise to prevent the travel chaos that we could be faced with next week.

“No one is denying that this is a complicated situation but all three parties in this dispute seem to have hit a brick wall and this is where the Minister should intervene.

“A strike by Aer Lingus cabin and ground crew could cause huge damage to the tourism industry while there would be a huge knock-on effect to the economy as well.

“A two-hour stoppage next Monday would just be the start, there will be a further threat of stoppages unless an agreement is reached.  The vital economic lift the Christmas period gives cannot be put under threat, even the possibility of a strike will affect the numbers that plan to come home for Christmas.

“This is a matter of vital national importance and it is imperative the Minister does all in his power to resolve this dispute immediately.”