Tuesday 6 December 2016

The gravy train for consultants and auditors rolls on

Shane Ross

Published 23/03/2014 | 02:30

CONVICTIONS: Michael O’Leary, who derided the bogus art of consultancy as far back as 2005, pictured with his wife, Anita, celebrating their win at the JCB Triumph Hurdle race at Cheltenham. Photo: Mark Condren
CONVICTIONS: Michael O’Leary, who derided the bogus art of consultancy as far back as 2005, pictured with his wife, Anita, celebrating their win at the JCB Triumph Hurdle race at Cheltenham. Photo: Mark Condren

'EVERY idiot who gets fired in the industry shows up as a consultant somewhere. Shoot the consultants . . ."

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The speaker was Michael O'Leary, delivering a typically robust rebuke to his hosts, Anglo Irish Bank, at a business breakfast in 2005.

The Ryanair chief has survived all business crises because he has stuck to his convictions. Among them is a contempt for consultants and other parasites. Meanwhile Anglo, part of the dreaded consultancy culture, has sunk into oblivion. O'Leary is a genius who derides the bogus art that passes for "consultancy" in Ireland. Even in his present (hopefully temporary) "cuddly" condition, his philosophy remains unchanged. Sadly its presentation is less entertaining than it was before his handlers tried to transform him into a human being.

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