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Irish expats could face flight delays

Irish expatriates hoping to fly back to their new country of residence could be in for lengthy delays as airport workers have warned they will strike.

The industrial action could delay departures for thousands at Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports, if members of the Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU) go ahead with their walk out.

Planned to last for eight hours, the protest is in response to Dublin Airport Authority’s refusal to implement the national pay agreement, say unions.

However, separate reports say the strike has not received official backing by the SIPTU and may not go ahead.

The airport authority has said unions should "immediately lift the threat of industrial action and enter talks".

Travel insurance may help limit the inconvenience that airport strikes cause, however, in order to protect against unforeseen medical bills, expatriates should take out dedicated international medical cover.

Moving abroad? Get a free quote for your international medical insurance online.

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