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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Michael O'Leary: Most women would stop working after children if they had choice

Published 08/11/2013|02:00

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Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary
Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary
Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary
Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary

OUTSPOKEN Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary has labelled himself a "neanderthal" as he airs his views on working mothers and family roles.

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Mr O'Leary, a father of four, said he believes men should not be at the birth of their children.

"Fathers who feign interest at that stage are making it up," he said in an in-depth interview in UK newspaper 'The Times'. "We sow the seed, women have the babies and after that we provide," he said.

The businessman said he was not opposed to mothers in the workforce but felt that most, if they had a choice, would stop working when they had young children.

And he admitted some people do feel he is an "odious little s**t" but went on to compare himself to Jesus. He described himself as soft, cuddly and slightly misunderstood, but customers who "comply with the rules" are always right.

By Louise Hogan

Irish Independent

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