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25% Aer Lingus Share Puts Government On A Spit

Many politicians seem to think we can interfere with every operational decision made by Aer Lingus. Whether we like it or not Aer Lingus was privatised some time ago. We cannot allow ourselves to be used by lobby groups left, right and centre for every decision it makes.

Will we regard it as a semi-State organisation, over which the State still has ownership, every time it opens or closes routes? Will we let the Cork lobby, the Shannon lobby or the Dublin lobby interfere in the workings of this House over what is a privatised company? It is time we realised that debate is over. Aer Lingus must be allowed to make its own commercial decisions – that is the world in which it now lives and it should be allowed to be relatively free from political interference.

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Watch My Prime Time Interview On Auctioneers Here!

Last night, I appeared with Alan Cooke of the IAVI on a Prime Time Special on auctioneers. Alan accused me of knowing nothing about the auctineering business. I told him he was right – yet I managed to become one last year! Watch the full exchange between us here.
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Thumbs Down to Mr. Hobbs

Eddie Hobbs or Northern Rock?

Today is no time for investor heroics. Last week I pondered the eternal puzzle. I still have my SSIA money. Would I buy Northern Rock shares, take a punt in Eddie Hobbs’s Brendan Investments, or stick it into a deposit account?

On Thursday I woke up determined to buy shares in Northern Rock. They had fallen from a high of stg£12.58 to stg£2.57. Although the Irish and UK markets had rallied, Northern Rock had plunged by 16 per cent on Wednesday, making a three-day fall of 60 per cent. What a cheap buy.

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Patronage is the Great Curse Of Irish Political Life; And the Senate is its Greatest Symptom

Last week, the 23rd Seanad met for the first time. It gave me the opportunity to take the chair before the election of Cathaoirleach took place.

I told my fellow members that there are great problems with the Seanad, problems which must be confronted before the 24th Seanad meets. We are too often seen, rightly so, as the product of the spoils of political war or as the product of patronage or elitist elections.

Much of the Seanad is elected by outgoing Senators, county councils and the outgoing Dáil. This in itself opens us to criticism and difficulties that mean we look too much like political insiders, as being the beneficiaries of outrageous political patronage.

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Hand Back Your Bonus, Jim

Leinster House remained a lonely post-election graveyard last week. But I spotted two noble political ghosts: Pat Rabbitte, who recently resigned as leader of the Labour Party, was back at work. Des O’Malley, who less recently resigned as leader of the Progressive Democrats, was doing a bit of research.

What are these two guys, who voluntarily left their political posts prematurely, going to do next? Any ambitious business should kill to entice them onto its board. O’Malley was never offered the break in business his talents deserved. Rabbitte is even less likely to be invited to join the boardroom circuit.

What a puzzle. Both men have retained their razor sharp critical faculties. Well, that could be the problem. Not such a puzzle.

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O’Leary seeks his ‘Mini Me’

Michael O’Leary needs help. A small ad in Friday’s newspapers reveals that his current assistant, Niall O’Connor, is moving on. It does not explain why Niall is off to quieter pastures. Rumours that he is seeking the advice of lawyers who specialised in compensation for army deafness are being denied. Michael wants an accountant for this “exceptional opportunity.”

Someone just like Michael, himself an unlikely product of the staid KPMG accountancy stable. A clone. A mini-me.

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Mary, Mary….

If you have two women in your life, keep them apart.

I should know. Disaster struck me recently. Ever since then, I have treated businesswoman and fellow senator Mary White with a grudging respect. Mary is a formidable female, especially when she is scorned.

Last week when I returned to Leinster House after a holiday with Ruth Buchanan, the first lady in my life, I was greeted by the robust, but likeable, lady of Lir Chocolates fame. The second lady was brandishing a letter she had written to the media about the follies of Aer Lingus and its boss, Dermot Mannion, in ending the Shannon-Heathrow slots.

Mannion was in her sites. I felt a sudden surge of pity for Mrs Ann Mannion, Dermot’s wife. Ann may be about to receive the attentions of Senator White.

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O’Leary’s Strange Bedfellows Snooker Ahern’s Unholy Alliance

While Senator Mary White remains on the warpath (see article here), Bertie Ahern should count himself lucky there is no currently identifiable Mrs Ahern.  Senator White may have an unusual political approach to her opponents but she has hita chord on Aer Lingus. Her outspoken stance on the Shannon issue has struck strong resonances throughout Fianna Fáil. And elsewhere.

The Aer Lingus decision to abandon Shannon has turned the Irish political, aviation and business world upside down. Unholy alliances have been formed. Recently, even the champion of state ownership, left-wing TD Finian McGrath, was spotted boarding a Ryanair flight. Perhaps Michael O’Leary has opened a new route to Finian’s beloved Havana?

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