The Seanad has been told that removing the Public Service Obligation from the Aer Arran's Derry Dublin service will badly affect business in North and East Donegal at a time when huge opportunities exist.
Senator Keavney told the Seanad that with Derry's stint as UK City of Culture just under two years away, this is a bad time to be withdrawing the support.
She called on Junior Minister Dick Roche to outline why the PSO was pulled from the route.
Mr Roche said it followed a comprehensive consultation..........
Responding, Senator Keavney questioned the reference to consultation in the government reply, saying it implied that the groups mentioned were recommending that the PSO be dropped.
If that were the case, she said, it would be a scandal...........