Sunday 19 November 2017

Minister does the right thing

LAST night Mary Coughlan did the right thing -- belatedly, but better late than never. She agreed to meet the chief executive of Ryanair, Michael O'Leary, to discuss his offer to bring 300 jobs to Dublin Airport.

The issue should never have arisen. There may be flaws in the Ryanair proposal. There may be issues of protocol. No doubt there are two sides to the story of Mr O'Leary's past fraught relations with the Dublin Airport Authority. But none of this should have stood for one moment in the way of discussing the offer.

Presumably the Tanaiste and all her colleagues in the Cabinet know that we have swapped double-digit growth for double-digit unemployment. And presumably they know that the Dublin Airport issue is exceptionally sensitive.

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