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Archive for July, 2005

Is Shoulder Tapping Proposed to encourage Aer Lingus Staff to Quit?

Reacting to reports suggesting practices such as ‘shoulder tapping’ were proposed to encourage Aer Lingus staff to quit, other staff issues need attention at the airline. I questioned Aer Lingus chairman, John Sharman, at the Joint Committee on Transport:

There was a need for 1,300 people to exit the company under the redundancy programme which was implemented and some 1,600 applied for the severance package. Does this mean there are now 300 people working in Aer Lingus who would rather not be there? What does that mean for the future of industrial relations? What are the after-effects of this for Aer Lingus? Are there still people seeking to leave on similar terms? (more…)

Open the Gates: NTR Announces More Congestion

NTR publish figures for the first half of 2005. Traffic is up nearly 4%, to an average of 98,000 vehicles on weekdays. New Eazy Pass lanes are opened on the Westlink, adding to congestion.

EPA Stands up to Cement Roadstone

The Environmental Protection Agency has provisionally refused permission for Cement Roadstone Holdings to build a landfill to store the illegal waste found on their land in Co Wicklow. Speaking at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Environment, I congratulated the EPA and urged them to impose the best solution to protect the environment and water quality. Below are some questions I put to the EPA Director General, as well as her responses: (more…)

BUPA Vs VHI an Ideological Clash which should be Debated

1.7.05 – Reacting to the news that Mary Harney had refused to require health insurer BUPA to subsidise its competitor VHI, I said that the Seanad should debate the subject:

“I cannot understand how an issue of such controversy [as risk equalisation between the VHI and other health insurers] could be put on the back-burner and discussion stifled. It is an issue of great importance to anybody who has health insurance. It is also an issue that is incredibly confusing and which most people do not understand.

I do not understand what seems to be horror of an ideological debate on the part of some. Why can we not have an ideological debate on this issue? This is a great opportunity for such a debate. Everybody knows VHI and BUPA are at each other’s throats, not only for commercial reasons but because there is a clash of ideology between the semi-State and private sector. This topical issue presents an ideal opportunity for us to thrash it out in this House.