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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Ryanair advertise again for 'worst job in Ireland' - new personal assistant to Michael O’Leary

Michael O'Leary
Michael O'Leary
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Just eight months after advertising for what Ryanair described as the “worst job in Ireland”, the airline is again on the hunt for a new personal assistant to its outspoken boss, billionaire Michael O’Leary

But this time around, the job description has been completely toned down and stripped of any colourful references to ‘bolloxology’.

When the post was advertised last November, Ryanair said that it wanted candidates with an “aversion to bolloxology”, a thick skin, saint-like patience and the ability to operate without sleep or contact with the outside world.

“Dubs fans, Man U supporters and cyclists will not only be automatically excluded from the process, but will be tracked down, tortured and shot,” it previously said.

However, the latest role with Mr O’Leary is understood to be more of a secretarial position than the previously advertised post. It’s believed that the personal assistant job advertised last year was filled and that the newly-advertised job will mean a second PA being appointed to the airline chief.

This time around, the advertisement for the post is far more boring.

The airline said it’s seeking someone with a “friendly, open, approachable personality”, who is a “fast thinker with a positive attitude”.

The ability to read and interpret general business-related documents, including proposals, is also essential, it says.

And it appears the successful candidate might also have to delicately handle Ryanair’s halls of power, or maybe even be able to tell Mr O’Leary’s wife why he’s going to be late home again.

The job, the advert says, “requires self-direction, tact, diplomacy and a clear, courteous and professional manner when dealing with clients, managers and co-workers”.

The person who gets the country’s “worst job” will also be screening incoming calls, email and correspondence, take minutes, and arrange detailed travel plans and itineries.

And another task for the billionaire’s personal assistant? Submitting his expense receipts for reimbursement.

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