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Tuesday 21 November 2017

The Punt: Young love in an unlikely place

Michael O'Leary, chief executive officer of Ryanair
Michael O'Leary, chief executive officer of Ryanair
Michael Noonan, Minister for Finance

WE thought we'd never see the day, but they do say opposites attract.

The Department of Finance and Ryanair have begun dating. They're at the preliminary stages of the relationship – you know, those flirtatious early days when everything seems rosy but you're still a bit awkward with one another and an ill-conceived move could spell disaster.

The department has retweeted two of Ryanair's tweets since the Budget was announced on October 15, and Finance Minister Michael Noonan (above right) has welcomed the fact that the airline seized upon the Government's decision to scrap the air travel tax.

Yesterday, the carrier laid on the charm and announced three new Ryanair routes for Knock, promising 80,000 extra passengers and 80 new jobs. The department went weak at the knees.

So, the signs are good. But the tempestuousness of young love may yet rear its ugly head, especially as Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary (above left) can find it hard to tame his passions.

His oft-quoted attacks on the Government and state bodies are well-documented, and the relationship could yet turn sour. The Punt, however, has faith in cupid.

Irish Independent

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