Colm Barrington, chairman of Aer Lingus, has stated that the Irish government is unlikely to sell its stake in Aer Lingus until Ryanair is no longer a shareholder. In an interview with the Irish Independent, Barrington said: “[The Government have] said they will sell the shareholding, but that they’re not going to sell it until they see a secure future for Aer Lingus, so they can preserve the two-airline policy in Ireland.” Adding: “If Aer Lingus becomes more vulnerable to Ryanair because they (the Government) sold those shares, then they’d say they’re not going to sell them – so

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