Thu, 11 Aug 2022

DUBLIN, Ireland - Cathal Berry, an independent TD and former Army Ranger, has expressed concern that using the army at Dublin Airport could exacerbate a "difficult industrial relations situation."

Following the recent delays that caused thousands of passengers to miss flights, the army was placed on standby this week to assist with airport security.

The DAA, which operates the airport, stated that the current regime is working and that the army on standby was only a precaution.

Berry said on RT's The Week in Politics that bringing in the army to help out had the "potential to make matters worse" regarding industrial relations.

The Kildare South TD also stated that the troops would not be paid at the same rate as civilians.

He stated: "We know Dublin Airport is currently experiencing a problematic labor-management situation. If the troops enter, widespread industrial action is likely, which could shut down the entire airport. "Second, the military is already overburdened with personnel. For many years, the military has been carrying a 20% loss of personnel, which has been well documented.

"Third, it is obvious that if our armed forces are deployed to the airport, they will not be receiving the appropriate pay rate given to their civilian equivalent." He stated.

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