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Shane Ross


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Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary

Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary

Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary

Michael O’Leary has a very annoying habit. The chief executive of Ryanair knows the aviation business. He gets right up the noses of most transport ministers past and present (not this one) because he has no respect for their political cowardice or their reluctance to tackle fundamental problems. Small problems like the DAA itself. Small problems like the Dublin A irport operator’s continued insistence on putting the passenger at the bottom of the list. Small problems like its complete lack of foresight.

Three months ago on April Fool’s day, foreseeing the looming problems at Dublin Airport, O’Leary demanded the Army be called in. The man who has to deliver a profit, despite depending on the talents of a slumbering DAA, was adamant that solutions were available: “The DAA,” insisted O’Leary “has messed up its recruitment — they accept that — and it’s going to take six to eight weeks to hire and train about two or three hundred additional security staff.” In the meantime, he said the airport needed the Army.


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