Monday 23 October 2017

Businessman was a big name in world of aviation

Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

CONVICTED sex offender Anthony Lyons was well respected and well connected in the aviation business before his sex attack on a young woman.

The 51-year-old father of four married his wife Eileen (50) 22 years ago and the family live on Griffith Avenue, in Drumcondra, Co Dublin.

Lyons has done business with some of the biggest names in air travel and most recently was part of the drive to retain aircraft maintenance at Dublin Airport.

His Santos Dumont aircraft management company was an investor in ex-Ryanair executive Conor McCarthy's Dublin Aerospace venture.

In 2009, Mr McCarthy's company acquired most of the SR Technics operation in Dublin Airport after the firm announced plans to pull out of the country.

Santos Dumont invested €1m in Dublin Aerospace and Lyons sat on the board of the new company until the start of this month.

Santos Dumont, named after Brazilian aviation pioneer Alberto Santos Dumont, provided services, including aircraft appraisals and financing, to Aer Lingus, Ryanair, Air China and EasyJet.

Lyons stepped aside as head of Santos Dumont after he was charged with the sexual assault of a 27-year-old woman in October 2010.

The newly registered sex offender has sat on the board of at least 12 companies. While most are associated with aviation, he has also been linked to property and investment ventures.

There was evidence that Lyons was about to launch a new business before he attacked his victim and was hauled before the courts.

Papers were registered with the Company Registration Office in September 2010, a month before the attack, registering a company called Demoiselle I.

Lyons was a director and shareholder of the company.

However, it was voluntarily struck off the registered list of companies in March 2011.

Irish Independent

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