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How politics scuppered plan by Ryanair to create 500 new jobs

An exchange of letters illustrates the cost of Mary Coughlan's stand-off with Michael O'Leary, writes Ronald Quinlan

Published 14/02/2010 | 05:00

TAKING OFF: Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary, right, with Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond at Prestwick last week. The new €10m facility will open in October
TAKING OFF: Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary, right, with Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond at Prestwick last week. The new €10m facility will open in October

LAST Wednesday, Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond was delighted. He had good reason to be. Standing in Glasgow's Prestwick airport he welcomed the news that Ryanair was bringing 200 engineering jobs to town with its construction of a €10m hangar to handle the maintenance for half of its 230-strong fleet of aircraft.

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Back in Dublin, news of Ryanair's Scottish move barely received a mention in the papers. Which is surprising when one considers the fact that upwards of 800 experienced aircraft engineers are on the dole here since SRT Technics shut down its operations at Dublin airport last year.

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