Ryanair, Ireland’s favourite airline, today (26th Aug) called on all Irish voters to turn out on 2nd October next and vote “Yes to Europe”. Ryanair currently employs over 6,500 people – including citizens of all 26 EU countries – many of them in Ireland, and believes it is vital to Ireland’s economic development and future prosperity that the voters of Ireland give a resounding “Yes to Europe” in the 2nd October referendum. Ryanair believes that Europe has been enormously beneficial for Ireland and highlighted the following examples:
Pictured launching Ryanair's 'Yes to Europe' Campaign are Irish based cabin crew: Ingrid (Slovakia), Francesca (Italy), Mariana (Portugal), Inguna (Latvia) Hannah (UK), Jennifer (Ireland), and Laura (Spain), with Michael O'Leary.
Ryanair will spend more than €500,000 campaigning for a “Yes to Europe” vote on 2nd October next. Ryanair’s campaign for a yes vote will be supported by national newspaper and internet advertising as well as seat sales and PR initiatives which Ryanair hopes will persuade many thousands of Irish voters, particularly younger ones, to turn out on 2nd October and vote “Yes to Europe”.
Speaking today Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary said:
“I believe it is vital that every Irish voter on 2nd October next votes in the referendum and votes “Yes to Europe”. Ireland’s membership of the European Union and the Euro has transformed our economy and the lives of millions of Irish people today.
“Thanks to Ryanair - which would not exist without the EU’s policies on promoting competition and deregulation of air travel – millions of Irish people think nothing of travelling all over Europe at very low air fares. Ryanair’s success has transformed Ireland’s tourism industry over the last 20 years, a success which is now being threatened by the failed policies of the current Government of taxing tourists and protecting the narrow vested interest of the Government owned high cost DAA airport monopoly.
“Ireland’s future success depends on being at the heart of Europe and our membership of the Euro. The European Central Bank came to Ireland’s rescue last year when the combination of appalling mismanagement by Bertie Ahern’s government over the past decade left Ireland hopelessly unprepared for the effect of the property/banking crisis and the recession which would, if it were not for Europe’s help, have caused a collapse of the Irish economy. The difference between Iceland and Ireland was not one letter, but rather Ireland’s membership of the European Union and the Euro.
“Without Europe and the Euro, the Irish economy would be run by our incompetent politicians, our inept civil service and the greedy public sector trade union bosses, who through social partnership have in recent years destroyed Ireland’s competitiveness, created an epidemic of useless quangos and feathered the nests of the public sector at the expense of ordinary consumers in Ireland. I believe that Ireland must vote “Yes to Europe” on 2nd October; otherwise our economic future will be destroyed by Government and Civil Service mismanagement and the narrow vested interests of the public sector trade unions.
Finally, I can think of no better reason to vote “Yes to Europe” than doing the opposite of that recommended by some of the headbangers who are calling for a no vote. When one looks at the ragbag amalgam of the “no” campaign, led by economic illiterates like Sinn Fein, the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and the Socialist Party it seems clear to me that Ireland should vote “Yes to Europe” on 2nd October next, and I sincerely hope that we will.”