Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport and Clare TD Timmy Dooley has called on the Government to come clean about the future of employment at the Shannon Group as management and worker representatives met today to discuss job losses.

Deputy Dooley said: “Today’s meeting between management and worker representatives has come against a strong back-drop for Shannon Airport and many promises from Government about job creation at the new Shannon Group, having merged Shannon Development with the Airport.  The fact that dozens of jobs are now likely to go is extremely disappointing to say the least.

“Over two years ago Fine Gael heralded a “bright new dawn” for Shannon Airport under the new merged group.  Where does that stand now?  At the time of the creation of the new Shannon Group the cost base was well studied.  There are serious questions that the Government must answer now.  Were these job losses always expected?  Have they secretly been in the planning for months?  The one thing we can be sure of is that these job losses were not planned overnight.”

Deputy Dooley added: “Not alone were the public and the workers in Shannon assured that there would not be any job losses we were promised thousands of new jobs from the creation of the Shannon Group.  I have been in contact with many people who are concerned that this will be the beginning of a series of job losses or a broader attack on workers’ conditions in the name of ‘reducing the cost base’.”