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Judge will decide today if airport strikes can go ahead

Unions are planning a four-hour stoppage at the country’s airports on Friday – and the DAA and Ryanair want to stop them.

A HIGH COURT judge will rule today whether the planned closure of Ireland’s airports this Friday will be allowed to go ahead.

Unions at Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports are going on strike for four hours at the beginning of the St Patrick’s Day bank holiday weekend in a row over a €700 million gaping hole in the workers’ pension fund.

Dublin Airport Authority went to court last Friday to seek an injunction to stop the unions from going on strike, claiming that the industrial action is unlawful. Ryanair also took the same step.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan will deliver a ruling on the injunction later today.

SIPTU, which makes up a large number of employees at the country’s airports, announced the action two weeks ago, saying the companies have refused to engage in meaningful talks or present fair proposals to solve the pensions problem.

Trade union Mandate has withdrawn from the strike action pending the outcome of talks with the expert panel which was set up to consider the issues with the pension scheme.

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