Management and unions at Aer Lingus to meet.

The meeting comes after SIPTU President Jack O'Connor said he didn’t know if there was any possibility his union would back a sale under any circumstances.

The Government has said it can't accept the offer in its current form – because it wants longer guarantees over the Heathrow landing slots.

The Irish Times Industry Correspondent Martin Wall says that while unions at the airline are 'instinctively' minded to oppose the takeover – they will have to wait before taking a formal stance.