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Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Paul Murphy: For the record, I take it the Minister agrees that there is substantial scientific weight behind the 2 m requirement. A review of over 200 scientific studies published in The Lancettwo days ago states that transmission of viruses was lower with physical distancing of more than 1 m and that the evidence is clear that 2 m saves more lives than 1 m. The World Health Organization, WHO, is also...

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Shane Ross: It is self-evident that the vast majority of people want to see the restrictions back to zero but they also want the conditions to be correct as well.

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Michael Lowry: Job losses, cost-cutting, pay freezes, financial losses and crisis are the stark words that have been bouncing off the walls of this House as Minister after Minister has faced questions in recent weeks. The Government response, by and large, has been proactive. I trust the Government will also give practical support to the Irish aviation industry which landed in this crisis with a legacy of...

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Shane Ross: The tale told by the Deputy is a very sad one.

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Bríd Smith: It is disgraceful.

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Shane Ross: It is very sad and tragic for a large number of people; an extraordinary number of people. It involves the DAA, Ryanair, Aer Lingus, Stobart Air and all the airlines and airports. We are seeing lay-offs on a scale the Deputy and I have never seen before. We are also seeing a situation the likes of which we have never seen before and people are reacting to it in ways that are sometimes...

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Bríd Smith: I am angry. I am not sympathetic.

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Shane Ross: I also share the Deputy's anger but she does not have a monopoly on anger. Just remember one thing that is really important. The revenue of these companies, which were monsters - one of which was a monstrously sized company while another was a State monopoly - has gone down by 99%.

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Paul Murphy: A growing number of millionaires and billionaires and their cheerleaders in the media and the Dáil are calling for vital public health restrictions to be loosened more quickly so that the economy can fully re-open and they can resume making their profits. Leading the charge, unsurprisingly, has been Michael O'Leary of Ryanair, a notoriously bad employer, despite what the Minister might...

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Shane Ross: On the health advice, I have followed and will follow consistently on this issue.

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Paul Murphy: The Minister is not pushing to reduce the 2 m distance to 1 m.

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Catherine Murphy: What does that mean?

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Shane Ross: -----providing protective screens, where possible, between airport staff and travellers; the wearing of medical grade face masks by passengers and staff; the provision of health declarations by passengers; measures to contact passengers for contact tracing purposes; and thermal screening of passengers.

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Thank you Minister. We will move on to Deputy Bríd Smith.

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Bríd Smith: I am sharing time with Deputy Paul Murphy. I want to raise a specific aspect of this crisis and its effect on aviation, namely, the present rush by Ryanair and Aer Lingus to cut wages, lay off staff and implement widespread redundancies. I am aware that much of this is not necessarily the responsibility of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport but it is the responsibility of the...

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Shane Ross: I thank Deputy Catherine Murphy. I take her point about wider and differing views in the workforce. Obviously, we cannot have 20 representatives of various bodies. That would be a problem. However, we want to embrace as many as possible. It might be a good idea to have someone from ICTU or one of the largest unions there. We do not want to provoke some sort of inter-union jealously, but...

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Shane Ross: I would like to say I will not be sending that letter. The Deputy is perfectly entitled to his view on Michael O'Leary; I do not share his view. I do not agree with everything he does, of course, but I believe his contribution to connectivity in this country is without parallel. While he certainly says things to the Government, to me and to my Department that are not always complimentary...

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Duncan Smith: The balance has well and truly been in his favour during the past two decades. It has tiptoed the opposite way and I think it is now appropriate for the Minister and his office to respond. The Minister has said he will not do it. He is entitled to take that position but I believe the balance has tipped the other way and those comments are absolutely disgraceful.

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Catherine Murphy: It is welcome that a task force is to be set up for the recovery of this particular sector. It is probably one of the most exposed sectors in terms of the impact of Covid-19. I welcome the fact that a representative from the trade unions will be included but there is a wide range of opinion within trade unions. It is wildly different for a person who is an airline pilot represented by the...

Covid-19 (Transport, Tourism and Sport): Statements (3 Jun 2020)

Duncan Smith: I welcome that assurance and I am sure the trade union movement and the workers will as well. Regarding connectivity, will the Minister give any commitment tonight to act, even to write a letter to the CEOs of the airport groups and the companies, to ensure that important routes such as Knock to Gatwick and Cork to Heathrow and the transatlantic routes involving Shannon, to name but a...

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