Sunday 4 December 2016

Richard Curran: If firms were run like parties, they'd go bust

Published 27/02/2016 | 02:30

Michael O’Leary. Photo: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg
Michael O’Leary. Photo: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

After one of the dullest General Election campaigns in recent history, many feel disillusioned with politicians, their shortcomings and their genetic pre-disposition towards making promises they can't deliver.

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Political party leaders are often compared to chief executives and the question is whether they would survive in the cut-and-thrust world of business.

During the darkest days of the recession, some people suggested that Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary could get the country's finances back on track in less than a year. The obvious retort was that he could, but nobody would want to live here when he was finished.

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