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10 'brave souls' for Ryanair post

The hunt for a new PR maestro at Ryanair has been whittled down to just 10 'brave souls'.

Dubbed the "worst job in Irish PR", the Irish Independent understands that the airline has already interviewed some of the candidates – with the latest round of interrogations held yesterday.

Ryanair is looking for a replacement for outgoing head of communications Stephen McNamara, who's leaving the airline after a four-year stint to take up a role as top spin doctor with the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU).

But candidates for Mr McNamara's job at Ryanair have yet to go toe-to-toe with the airline's verbally flamboyant boss, Michael O'Leary.

So far, the candidates have been put through their paces by Mr McNamara, pictured, and human resources executives at the airline. Once the field has been reduced further, applicants for the high-profile PR job will have to persuade Mr O'Leary that they're the right person for the role.

They'll also have to be prepared to fight constant Ryanair PR battles with everyone from customers to governments across Europe.

The outspoken boss might well reduce all but the most resilient of hopefuls to a quivering ball of stress.

Mr O'Leary said before Christmas that he looked forward to recruiting "another brave soul" to take on the 'worst job in Irish PR'.

Mr McNamara is taking up his job at the IRFU next month, just as the Six Nations championship kicks off.

Ireland take on Wales in Cardiff on February 2.

Irish Independent