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Dáil backs Aer Lingus share sale
28 May 2015 17:05
The Dáil has voted to sell the Government's 25.1% stake in Aer Lingus to airline group IAG.
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The vote was carried with 74 TDs in favour and 51 against, with Labour's Michael McNamara the only Government TD to oppose the motion.
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Earlier, it was reported that Mr McNamara looked likely to lose the party whip after stating that he will not support the sale of Aer Lingus.
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He was speaking during a Dáil debate of the motion on the sale of the State's 25% shareholding in the airline.
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A Labour spokesperson said the consequences of voting against the Government on the motion were made very clear to everyone in the party.
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Mr McNamara said today that he did not have confidence in the guarantees given in relation to the sale of Aer Lingus and he said he could not support the sale.
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He said he was not prepared to gamble on what was key to the economic viability of the state.
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