Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications

Proposed Sale of Aer Lingus: (Resumed) Aer Lingus and Stobart Air

5:00 pm

Photo of John O'MahonyJohn O'Mahony (Mayo, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

I thank Mr. Barrington, Mr. Kavanagh, Mr. Eduard van Wyk, Mr. Sean Brogan and Mr. Peter O’Mara for appearing before us today at short notice. The invitations went out yesterday. There was some comment earlier about the witnesses not providing presentations in advance but because this is such a live moving show at the moment we wanted to take the opportunity of an early appearance. I would not want people to think the witnesses were holding anything back by not having a presentation. It would be ideal if we could have given advance notice. I thank them also for the forthright way in which they answered the questions.

The committee’s aim was to hear all sides of, and opinions on, this story. We have also invited Mr. Michael O’Leary to come in. We have not yet got a response from him. I am sure he will have interesting things to say. This has been a valuable exercise today. I wish Mr. Kavanagh well in his new post.


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