Minister should apologise over Air Corps intervention- Sherlock
Labour TD for Cork East, Seán Sherlock, has called on Minister Simon Coveney to apologise to an Air Corps pilot over reports the Minister questioned the pilot’s decision not to fly him to Cork due to fog in 2015.
Deputy Sherlock commented:
“This direct intervention by Minister Coveney is indicative of a creeping sense of entitlement that sometimes befalls Cabinet Ministers when holding office.
“The move was also more significant than meets the eye. The Minister has said that he has the highest regard for military personnel, but this phone call suggests otherwise.
“The Minister should apologise for this intervention and admit that it was an act of disrespect towards the pilot and the Air Corps, whose professionalism was called into question.
“The Minister thought he knew better than the pilot, but staff under the direction of Ministers should not be treated as mere minions.”