Wednesday, 12 May 2010
Dáil Éireann Debate
79. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation his most recent contacts with an airline (details supplied) regarding the possible location of up to 300 aircraft maintenance jobs at Dublin Airport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19176/10]
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation (Deputy Batt O’Keeffe): The Tánaiste and then Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Mary Coughlan TD, met with Ryanair CEO Mr. Michael O’Leary on Tuesday 16 February, followed by a letter she wrote to Mr. O’Leary on 18 February and letters she received from him on 19 February and 25 February.
Mr. O’Leary also responded on 19 February to a letter of 18 February from Shannon Development, one of the agencies under the aegis of my Department, which offered Ryanair the opportunity to consider locating aircraft maintenance operations in Shannon if it were not satisfied with the options on offer at Dublin Airport.
I and the State development agencies under my remit would want to engage constructively with any potential investor that has plans to provide high quality aircraft maintenance or other aviation related employment.
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