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Thursday 22 March 2018

'Break RTE up and sell it... it's been a failed monopoly for years' - Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary

Michael O’Leary Photo: Niall Carson/PA
Michael O’Leary Photo: Niall Carson/PA

Eoghan MacConnell

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary claimed RTE is a union-controlled failed monopoly which should be broken up and privatised.

Speaking after a business breakfast in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, Mr O’Leary expressed his belief that “RTE should have been privatised years ago.”

“I think the best thing that could happen to RTE would be to privatise it. Break it up and sell it and allow it to compete openly and fairly with Newstalk and the other private sector media,” Mr O’Leary remarked.

“It has been a failed monopoly for many years. It has not served the country well and the sooner it sold, it is broken up and sold and we have a much more disparate broadcast media, certainly in the television sector, the better,” he added.

Mr O’Leary took issue with the coverage of industrial relations matters at RTE. “It is always unions, unions, unions because they control RTE. They run the RTE authority and all you get is this diatribe coming out of the unions all the time that passes for news,” he remarked.

“Can we continue to afford to have this publicly subsidised TV monopoly that just  panders to the trade union agenda all the time,” he stated.

Mr O’Leary expressed his belief that no organisations should be subsidised.

Singling out Radio na Gaeltachta and the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Mr O’Leary said if they can’t survive independently they should go.

Mr O’Leary suggested people should spend less time worrying about the “minority voices” from the likes of the Irish Times and RTE.

He believes they promote a “liberal left wing agenda that believes we should all be cycling and not driving motor cars anymore.”

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