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John Mulligan: Still a good few cards left to play in this drawn-out tale of two airlines

Published 13/02/2013 | 04:00

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary
Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary

IT was never going to be easy for Ryanair to pull a rabbit out of the hat.

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When it launched its third bid for Aer Lingus last summer, few commentators gave it much chance of succeeding.

But Ryanair played a very different ball game this time around. Its last two takeover attempts had been marked by frequent and open hostility towards Aer Lingus. And Former management at Aer Lingus didn't shy away from unflattering commentary.

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