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The Punt: Aer Lingus flies away with Runway race


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Cormac O'Connell, DAA General Manager Customer Relationship and Stephen Kavanagh, Aer Lingus Chief Strategy and Planning Officer with cabin crew Catherine Connolly and Ana Corpas (right)

Cormac O'Connell, DAA General Manager Customer Relationship and Stephen Kavanagh, Aer Lingus Chief Strategy and Planning Officer with cabin crew Catherine Connolly and Ana Corpas (right)


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The Punt never expected to be emailed photos of a sweaty Stephen Kavanagh, the chief strategy and planning officer at Aer Lingus.

But before your minds go into overdrive, Mr Kavanagh headed the Aer Lingus team at the inaugural 'Budapest Airport Runway Run' - a 12km slog in aid of a number of charities.

The overall winner from a field of 609 competitors was Robert Murphy, an Aer Lingus fleet cost manager. He led from the start and crossed the line in an impressive 41 minutes 26 seconds, seeing off rivals from around the world, including a team flown over by Southwest Airlines from Dallas.

Great hopes had been pinned on Ryanair's chief marketing officer, Kenny Jacobs, who came in a respectable 45th, with a time of 59 minutes. He told the Punt he wasn't allowed run in just Speedos because he wouldn't be high-viz on the runway. Small mercies and all that.

Cityjet boss Christine Ourmieres - a regular marathon runner - had been a favourite when she signed up earlier this year. Alas, the Cityjet team had to pull out of the event.

Mr Murphy saw off some stiff competition to win the event. Nike was one of the event's sponsors (along with aviation industry publication anna.aero, and Wizz Air) and had entered a number of Nike Running Club athletes.

Aer Lingus ceo Christoph Mueller said the team performances "epitomises the can-do spirit" of the airline's staff.


Glen guys heat up the debate

Glen Dimplex CEO Sean O'Driscoll is rather miffed at the government's energy policy, or lack thereof.

Former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan was the guest of honour as O'Driscoll held a press conference at which he castigated the coalition's lack of ambition.

"We haven't got a national energy policy. There was a green paper issued recently ... we don't think it's ambitious...we need to think bigger.

"There isn't and hasn't been sufficient community engagement."

He points out that we send €6bn out of Ireland every year to buy fossil fuels.

"It doesn't have to be like that - energy efficiency, which we tend not to discuss in Ireland, is Ireland's shale gas opportunity," according to Sean.

In the wise words of Mandy Rice-Davies: "He would say that, wouldn't he?"

Now we're not totally cynical around these parts, but it's worth pointing out that Glen Dimplex is a leading producer of energy-efficient electrical goods.

It describes itself as a "world leader in the development of smart technologies which will drastically reduce energy usage by dynamically matching consumer demand with the most efficient sources of electricity available in real time and in particular from renewable energy sources thus drastically reducing our energy bill derived from fossil fuels."

It seems that what's good for the planet is good for Glen Dimplex: smart technology by smart guys.


Insurance boss busy at home

The Punt sees that FBD Insurance boss Andrew Langford is busy on the domestic front.

He and his wife have just been granted planning permission by Dublin City Council to undertake work at a property owned by them on one of Dublin 4's leafier roads.

They've been given the go-ahead to make some changes to the basement area and to introduce a new staircase at the property to link the basement with the floor above.

They'll also have a new wet room and WC in the basement.

Until now, the property had been subdivided into a number of individual apartments.

The Langfords want to return it to a single family residence - a phenomenon happening with a number of old period houses in the capital which were once used for offices or flats.

"The scope of the new works are concentrated in the basement area which has been the subject of previous intervention and the proposed changes we respectfully submit are sympathetic to the character of the protected structure," the architect told the council's planning department.

Irish Independent