Thursday 25 December 2014

Slides, arcade games and pool tables - welcome to 'fun' Ryanair HQ

Lise Hand and John Mulligan

Published 03/04/2014 | 15:33

03/04/14 Staff pictured this afternoon at the official opening of the new Ryanair Office Campus at Airside Park, Swords... Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
03/04/14 The interior of the offices pictured this afternoon at the official opening of the new Ryanair Office Campus at Airside Park, Swords... Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
"Welcome to the Madhouse" at Ryanair.
The games room in Ryanair
Ryanair warns use of the slide is at employee's own risk.

SLIDES, flags, pool tables and colour - welcome to Ryanair HQ.

The new 100,000sq ft Dublin campus was officially opened today.

The new offices even have a slide - complete with a warning sign telling employees to use caution when using it.

Flags, arcade games and wall paintings of racehorses and army tanks means Ryanair HQ is the type of place most of us would like to work in.

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Staff at the swanky new offices enjoy home-cooked meals in their new canteen, with a resident chef ensuring they’re well fed and watered.

The games room features a pool table, games console and pinball machine, while a giant chess set sits outside the lift area between two of the floors.

For those brave enough, a steel slide can whisk you between the first and ground floor. Mr O’Leary joked that journalists are made to go head first down the slide.

In reception, a screen shows the live position of every Ryanair aircraft around Europe, while there is also a piece of art with a character reminiscent of the ‘Joker’ from ‘Batman’. It reads: ‘Welcome to the madhouse”’.

In new surroundings, the airline also announced plans to create 200 new jobs in Ireland.

The building in Swords was officially opened by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Finance Minister Michael Noonan.

Mr Kenny thanked Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary for increasing traffic to Dublin, Shannon and Knock airports.

“These are important opportunities to get more people into Ireland to sample our country,” he said.

“This is a very strong business relationship between government and Ryanair and we want to see that continue in the time ahead.

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Ryanair Chairman David Bonderman confirmed the 200 new jobs at the campus, primarily in technology and software development, and said that the airline will carry over 84m passengers over the next 12 months – up from this year’s figure of €81.5m, and praised the Taoiseach and Finance Minister for scrapping the Travel Tax in the last Budget.

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"The repeal of this tax has directly led Ryanair to open 21 new routes to Ireland in 2014, as well as increasing frequencies on over 30 other routes, in an expansion that will add more than 1.1m passengers at Dublin, Shannon and Knock airports and will crate over 1,000 new jobs in Irish tourism in 2014,” he said.

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Irish Independent

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