Saturday 3 December 2016

'Look who's taken over the asylum' - Shane Ross responds to Michael O'Leary's 'lunatic' comments

Published 02/06/2016 | 10:28

Minister for Sport, Transport and Tourism Shane Ross. Photo: Tom Burke
Minister for Sport, Transport and Tourism Shane Ross. Photo: Tom Burke

Shane Ross, the new Transport Minister has told an audience of international aviation executives that he's "not as proud" of Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary as he once was.

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"I'm not quite as proud of Michael O'Leary as I used to be," he told a gathering this morning at the International Air Transport Association's annual jamboree, which is being held in Dublin this year.

"It's not said with any feeling of dismay or disapproval," added the Minister. "Just before the election Michael O'Leary declared in one of those outspoken moments... that there would be no Independents in the next Government."

At a press conference in April, Mr O'Leary described Independent politicians as "lunatics".

"That doesn't mean that I'm still very fond of him, but I would be very happy to greet him and to show him who has taken over the asylum."

Mr Ross praised Ireland's vibrant aviation sector and also blasted delays by US authorities in granting a permit to Norwegian Air International that would enable it to start flying between Cork and Boston.

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