Ceann Comhairle, I welcome the opportunity to finally debate the critical threat to Aer Lingus jobs and our national strategic aviation connectivity in Dail Eireann today. I have asked for a Dail debate on this matter at least six times over the past two or three weeks. It is deplorable and very disappointing that it is only today that this request has finally been granted.
This Fine Gael Party motion is timely as there is an ongoing, serious and dangerous lack of accountability to the Daiil and people we represent in many areas of Government administration. This problem has grown since 1997 when this Government, in a different form, took office.