Politics not charm will decide Aer Lingus fate
Will the Willie Walsh charm offensive convince the Government to sell the State's 25pc stake in Aer Lingus to the consortium he heads, International Airline Group (IAG)?
While Mr Walsh is a very convincing advocate for a takeover of the airline he once ran, the fact is that he is up against a deadly combination of intransigent trade unions, fearful Labour TDs, and politicians of all hues who want to protect their own regional interests. Joan Burton, the leader of the Labour Party, more or less sat on her hands when the bid was first launched. However, with the party in turmoil on several fronts there is very little chance the Government will side with IAG.
Mr Walsh, it would seem, will not be heading back to London with his tail between his legs. But he is unlikely to be any more enlightened than when he landed.