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Friday 19 September 2014

Ryanair staff won't go hungry

Published 19/02/2013 | 04:00

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About 500 Ryanair staff who'll head over this autumn to the new HQ beside the Airside Retail Park at Swords, Co Dublin, won't have to travel far for nibbles.

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There's all sorts of culinary delights nearby – from a drive-through McDonald's to a Starbucks, TGI Fridays and an O'Brien's.

And as if that's not enough, the owners of the retail park, Irish Life Assurance, have dive-bombed the local council with a number of planning applications to build additional standalone cafes and a restaurant.

The council isn't amused, however. It had actually opposed the development of the restaurant that's now a McDonald's and permission was only granted on appeal to An Bord Pleanala.

The restaurant opened last autumn. Now Irish Life Assurance has asked the council to approve separate permissions for a new drive-through restaurant and two cafes. The council has just rejected all of them.

In relation to the drive-through, it says the proposed restaurant in the car park would represent a "haphazard form of development, remote and dislocated from existing retail units".

All this is unlikely to bother Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary, who likes to pop out to the gym of a lunchtime. Staff, meanwhile, will have to content themselves with a Big Mac and a browse around B&Q.

Irish Independent

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