Tuesday 24 January 2017

It's no joke when fear replaces the laughter

Ciaran Byrne

Published 09/09/2010 | 05:00

MICHAEL O'Leary once wrote a letter to the Irish Independent in which he jokingly promised to stop being a "boorish capitalist" -- a label given to him after yet another of his ridiculous press conferences.

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During these events, he loves to throw around insults and blame unions, ministers, officials and other assorted idiots for various airline and aviation-related woes.

It struck me then, and stays with me now, that O'Leary, despite his bombast and startling outbursts, is actually quite thin-skinned. He typed the letter himself and dispatched it by fax, sticking to his do-it-yourself motto.

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