Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport Robert Troy TD has called for an Independent facilitator to be appointed to help resolve the ongoing dispute between workers and management at Ryanair.

Deputy Troy made the comments as the dispute escalated even further today following the announcement that IALPA pilots will strike for a fourth day on Friday 3rd August.

Deputy Troy said, “This dispute has escalated significantly today with no end in sight for passengers who have been badly hit by the cancellation of flights. All sides in this dispute need to step back and recognise that the current deadlock is damaging for all sides and is achieving little.

“It is obvious that trust has broken down entirely between the striking workers and management. Both sides seem to be growing further apart as this dispute continues and are no closer to reaching agreement. Further hostility needs to be avoided to prevent job losses and long term damage.

“The recent confirmation that Ryanair intend to cut pilot numbers is obviously very bad news for the pilots and their families but it is also bad for the future of Dublin Airport. The airport prides itself as being a connectivity hub and it links us to destinations all over the world. As an island nation it is crucial for inward and outward investment.

“I am calling on both sides to agree to appoint an Independent facilitator to help break the current impasse. We need to prevent job losses and try and get a resolution that will be acceptable to all sides,” concluded Deputy Troy.