Saturday 3 December 2016

Emer O'Kelly: Loudmouth protests just a little too much

Michael O'Leary likes to portray himself as a complete rotter but Emer O'Kelly suspects this is not really the case

Published 07/10/2012 | 05:00

Airline boss Michael O'Leary likes to play the bad boy of Irish business and has spent years carefully promoting himself and Ryanair as part of the same bargain
Airline boss Michael O'Leary likes to play the bad boy of Irish business and has spent years carefully promoting himself and Ryanair as part of the same bargain

Michael O'Leary has done it again, bless his cute little heart. He gave what has been described as a "lighthearted" interview to UK business magazine Management Today last week, and it might as well have been Moses' exposition of the Ten Commandments in the attention it has received, excerpts being quoted in all national newspapers in Britain and Ireland, and probably quite a few across the globe as well.

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And what did our Michael say? He said that in his opinion holidays are a waste of time. And he added that he thought he was underpaid for his job.

But Michael O'Leary and by implication Ryanair are once more in print. And it didn't cost Curlytop a red cent, which is exactly, one suspects, what the idea was. Michael O'Leary has spent years carefully promoting himself and Ryanair as part of the same package.

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