Willie O'Dea reminds me of the Grand Old Duke of York. He marched them up to the top of the hill and he marched them down again. Mr O'Dea said he would prefer that airline management would change its decision before what he called 'the armageddon situation' of an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders.
Over the last forty eight hours Willie's spin machine has been in overdrive. An all action Minister will stop at nothing to restore the Shannon to Heathrow route.
Mr Mannion, who met with Defence Minister Willie O'Dea this morning told Shannon politicians and business leaders that the decision to cut Heathrow services will not be changed.
Willie O'Dea has now announced that he has no intention of resigning from the cabinet. If FF TDs in the Mid West were really serious about protecting the Shannon to Heathrow route, they would band together as a group and issue an ultimatum to the Government. Restore the route or we will vote against the Government in a no confidence motion. And they would actually mean it. This would avert armageddon. Their bluff has been called by the Government. They have been hung out to dry.