IAG has been circling Aer Lingus for more than three months and in January said that it is willing to pay €2.55 a-share for the Irish airline, once both the State and Ryanair agree to sell their holdings in the company.

Government officials met with International Consolidated Airlines’ Group (IAG) representatives on Friday to discuss the company’s €1.36 billion bid fo(...)

IAG and the government are trying to hammer out a compromise over the fate of Aer Lingus’s valuable take-off and landing slots at Heathrow airport — the biggest barrier to IAG’s planned takeover of the Irish carrier. (Photograph: Artur Widak/PA Wire)

International Airlines Group and the Irish government are trying to hammer out a compromise over the fate of Aer Lingus’s valuable take-off and lan(...)

 Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams with  Martin McGuinness at their party’s ardfheis in Derry on Saturday. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Public transport companies are likely to lose their most stable subsidised routes to large multinational operators because of Government policy, the S(...)

The union meeting followed talks this week between IAG and a Government body set up to review its proposed €2.55-a-share offer for Aer Lingus. Photograph: Artur Widak/PA Wire

Trade unions could lift their opposition to a takeover of Aer Lingus by International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) if some concerns were address(...)

The union meeting followed talks this week between IAG and a Government body set up to review its proposed €2.55-a-share offer for Aer Lingus. Photograph: Artur Widak/PA Wire

Trade unions could lift their opposition to a takeover of Aer Lingus by International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) if some concerns were address(...)

An Airbus A330-300 passenger aircraft, operated by Aer Lingus  , stands on the tarmac at Dublin Airpor. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Trade unions say they remain unconvinced over IAG’s commitment to protect jobs and maintain connectivity at Aer Lingus following talks with group chie(...)

Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group (IAG), the group bidding for Aer Lingus, received a 29 per cent pay rise in 2014, as his total pay rose to €7.9m. (Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg)

Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group (IAG), the group bidding for Aer Lingus, received a 29 per cent pay rise in 2014, as his(...)

Aer Lingus planes at Dublin Airport. Sources say IAG could make further concession on Aer Lingus’s Heathrow slots in order to break the deadlock over its proposed bid for the State’s stake in the airline. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) could make further concessions to the Government on Aer Lingus’s Heathrow access to break the deadlock(...)

In his first day as the new chief executive of Aer Lingus, Stephen Kavanagh moved to reassure staff over the bid  for the airline from International Airlines Group (IAG). Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

FIONA REDDAN Aer Lingus union leaders are sceptical about assurances that existing agreements with the company will be honoured if International Cons(...)

Fianna Fáil transport spokesman Timmy Dooley  who has called on the Government not to sell its stake in Aer Lingus.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government must “turn back” from selling the State’s share in Aer Lingus, according to Fianna Fáil transport spokesman.Clare TD Timmy Dooley accus(...)