Belfast is foreign enough for Aer Lingus

Far be it from me to suggest that the trade union IMPACT are asking the Irish Labour Courts the wrong question deliberately – “The IMPACT trade union has written asking whether the reference in the recommendation to ‘foreign bases’ was intended to include Belfast.” And this isn’t the right question either. The correct question to ask is whether Belfast qualifies as a “foreign base”.. and being in a different political and legal jurisdiction, under a different tax regime and with different labour laws and a different currency would suggest that, from a legal position, the answer will be “Yes.” Which Aer Lingus, no doubt, fully understood when they chose Belfast over Birmingham for its new UK hub. The sooner the Irish Government gets around to making their position clear the better. [Any more words from our local representatives here? – Ed] Also reported here