Here are actual letters between Michael O'Leary and Mary Coughlan, TD that have made so much press recently.
15th February 2010
Mr. Michael O'Leary
Chief Executive Officer
Thank you for your letter of 10th February 2010 which was received in my office by post today.
Needless to say I was very disappointed to learn of the decision of Ryanair to locate its new investment in Prestwick despite our best efforts, through IDA Ireland, to secure the investment for
You will recall that there were two obstacles to progressing this matter. Firstly, your reluctance to talk to the DAA which owns Hangar 6 and secondly the fact that Hangar 6 was being occupied by another party. A number of options for developing facilities at
I can assure you that the Government is most anxious to secure further investment from Ryanair at
It has been possible in the very recent past to secure new investment in aircraft maintenance facilities at
Mary Coughlan T.D.
Tánaiste and Minister for
Nothing else to add here.
Except an update:
This is from Ryanair:
Ryanair, today (16 Feb 10) released photographs of what Hangar 6 is being used for today – precisely nothing. These photographs were taken at approx. 9am this morning and show no heavy maintenance work going on in the hangar, at a time of year when it should be full of aircraft undergoing heavy maintenance. This is why 800 SRT engineers are on the dole today.
Ryanair today made the point that Aer Lingus have a long-term heavy maintenance contract for their entire fleet of 35 aircraft in France and therefore has no requirement for the Hangar 6 facility. Ryanair believes that the DAA lease to Aer Lingus was designed solely to block Ryanair’s request for this facility which was submitted to the Tánaiste last September at a time when Ryanair was offering to create 500 maintenance jobs at Dublin Airport.
Ryanair also today released an extract from its DAA lease agreement for Hangar 1, which contains a standard clause in all DAA lease agreements allowing the DAA to terminate leases and relocate licensees (such as Aer Lingus in Hangar 6) should the DAA require the facility.
Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara said: “We are releasing these photographs and this extract from a DAA licence agreement to demonstrate two things:
1. that Hangar 6 is unused and Aer Lingus’ line engineers have no use for this large heavy maintenance building and,
2. to prove that the DAA has lied again when they claimed that Aer Lingus has a 20 year lease over Hangar 6 and cannot be moved.
“These photographs and this information proves yet again that the DAA has lied to the Govt and the public and has, we believe, misled the Tánaiste last September and again recently when they claimed that they had other parties interested in using the Hangar 6 facility for heavy maintenance. These false claims show why Ryanair cannot and will not deal with the DAA”.