Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Housing, Planning and Local Government, Darragh O’Brien, has said that news of up to 900 job losses at Aer Lingus is a devastating blow following news earlier of cuts at Ryanair.
Aer Lingus has already halved the working hours and pay of staff because of the reductions in capacity travel due to the coronavirus.
Deputy O’Brien said: “The news this morning from both Aer Lingus and Ryanair is a devastating blow to the aviation sector in Ireland and in my own constituency of Fingal. Dublin airport supports up to 114,000 full time jobs and it’s vital that these jobs are not lost. There are 21,000 jobs directly relating to airport operations.
“Last month, I called for a clear plan to be put in place to help out our aviation sector, which is a vital component for our country in terms of connectivity and trade. A Pan-EU Plan for the sector is urgently needed before more jobs are lost.
“Thousands of jobs are now at risk and we must take the adequate steps to protect the sector in these uncertain times. Ryanair has said it could take at least two years for passenger demand to return to normal and this could result in up to 3,000 jobs losses, mainly among pilots and cabin crew. Supports are needed to be put in place to try to secure the future of aviation in Ireland,” concluded Deputy O’Brien.
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Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Housing, Planning and Local Government, Darragh O’Brien, has welcomed the news that Rush Garda Station will reopen at last once it is safe to do so in line with the easing of the current COVID-19 restrictions.
In response to a parliamentary question raised by Deputy O’Brien, the Department of Justice confirmed that Rush station is currently being held as a contingency building, in the event other stations become impacted by Covid-19 infection but will reopen once it is safe to do so.
Deputy O’Brien said: “This station should never have closed in 2012 and it’s reopening has been delayed for a number of years; however, I am now pleased that we can move forward with the reopening in the coming months.
“I am pleased to hear that work on Rush Garda station has been finished at long last and the building has been handed over by the OPW to the Garda authorities.
“The reopening of the station will be a vital resource for the people of Rush and one which I have worked hard on to get back in our community alongside my colleague Cllr. Brian Dennehy. People will feel safer now there is a presence of local community policing set to return to Rush and it’s important that the Garda opens without further delay,” concluded Deputy O’Brien.
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Housing, Planning and Local Government, Darragh O’Brien, has welcomed news that a new coastal greenway which will link Malahide to Donabate has been approved.
Deputy O’Brien said: “I am delighted for our community that Fingal County Council’s application to An Bord Pleanala for the Broadmeadow Way, a proposed new walking and cycling greenway route between Malahide Demesne and Newbridge Demesne in Donabate has been given approval.
“I have been working alongside my colleague, Mayor & Cllr Eoghan O' Brien since this project was first raised a number of years ago and we will continue to work hard for construction on the project to commence in 2021.
“The coastal greenway will be a game changer for the area and families. The greenway be a fantastic amenity and will also attract a lot of tourism and business into the area in the years to come once the project is finished.
“This is very good news for the people of Fingal to receive. It is expected that when finished the greenway will connect, a 32km high quality, recreational stretch of greenway connecting Malahide, Donabate, Rush, Skerries, Ardgillan Castle, Balbriggan and Bremore Castle. We have a lot to look forward to and I will continue to work with Cllr Eoghan O’Brien, Cllr Adrian Henchy and Cllr Brian Dennehy to make sure the local communities get to enjoy this new coastal greenway,” concluded Deputy O’Brien.
Great news for Fingal. An Bord Pleanála have granted permission for Broadmeadows Way coastal greenway linking #Donabate to #Malahide. Next phase will cross Rogerstown to #Rush & on to #Skerries & #Balbriggan. I've supported this project since start with my colleagues Mayor of Fingal Cllr. Eoghan O'Brien, Councillor Adrian Henchy & Councillor Brian Dennehy.