The Minister for Transport must immediately intervene to avert strike action at Aer Lingus next month, Fianna Fáil Transport Spokesperson Timmy Dooley has said.

Deputy Dooley said: “The strike action at Aer Lingus announced today, affecting flights to and from Dublin, Cork and Shannon, can be averted but Minister Varadkar must show leadership on this issue. How long will the Minister delay, as potential disruption hangs over passengers and the economy?

“I have previously called on the Minister to meet all sides involved in the dispute but he appears not to be taking this issue seriously.

“We know from past experience that industrial disputes are resolved sooner or later. This does not need to lead to strike action, disrupting passengers, costing the economy, affecting tourism and potential confidence ahead of The Gathering next year.

“There is no question that there are very complex issues at play in this dispute but all the more reason for the Minister to act responsibly and show leadership. The hands-off approach isn’t working.”