Coughlan defends handling of Ryanair offer

Monday 15 February 2010 12.16
Mary Coughlan - Urged dialogue with Ryanair
Mary Coughlan - Urged dialogue with Ryanair

The Tánaiste has defended her handling of a Ryanair offer to create 500 jobs on the former SR Technics site in north Dublin.

Mary Coughlan was responding to claims from the airline that she did not adequately deal with the matter.

200 of the proposed jobs are now going to Glasgow.

Ryanair claimed today it had offered to create 500 jobs on the SR Technics site after it closed last year with the loss of 1,000 jobs.

However, the one proviso was that it did not want to deal directly with the Dublin Airport Authority.

Correspondence released by the airline after it made the initial offer to the Tánaiste, shows that Ms Coughlan replied that direct discussion with the airline and the DAA was needed to progress the plans.

Six months on, Ryanair replied to announce that 200 of the jobs were to go to Glasgow.

The airline has criticised Ms Coughlan and said the Tánaiste fobbed them off.

But the Minister said every effort was made by her and the IDA to secure the Ryanair investment and urged the airline to continue its dialogue with her.