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Archive for February, 2010

Mary: Muddled or Muzzled?

AER Lingus still rules OK? Last Wednesday a basement in the bowels of Leinster House resembled a padded cell for the insane. Michael O’Leary has turned the lunatics in the aviation asylum on their heads.

A man who was shedding no less than 1,100 jobs at the airport descended to the dungeon to confront a man who was promising 300 in the same place. The Oireachtas Transport Committee was hosting the row between O’Leary and Mary Coughlan’s allies in Dublin Airport and Aer Lingus.

Wednesday morning’s news had revealed that Christoph Mueller — of Aer Lingus and Germany — was threatening to make 1,100 employees compulsorily redundant.

On the same day Michael O’Leary — of Mullingar and Ryanair — entered the arena promising 300 jobs.


Mary and the Little Tramp

MICHAEL O’LEARY is offering Mary Coughlan a simple deal. Give me Hangar 6 and I’ll give you 300 jobs.

More chillingly put: no hangar no jobs.

That is the way he does business. Three arms of the State have joined forces to block him.

While Michael is parading himself on the airwaves, they have despatched their armies of spin doctors to undermine him. None has the neck to confront him head on, so they are whispering behind his back. They are muttering that O’Leary is a showman. Which he is. That he is exploiting the airwaves to promote his cause. Which he is. That he is making mischief. Nobody does it better. And more wickedly, that he is not genuine about his jobs offer. Which he is.

Good Riddance to Invaders

SHED no tears for the Halifax Bank of Scotland; but say a prayer for the 750 people that the retreating bankers are dumping on Ireland’s dole queues.

Far from increasing competition in the Irish market the Scottish invaders have spread contagion around Ireland over the last decade. They are exiting a scorched earth, partly of their own creation.

Goodbody Takes a Bath in AIB

DID you ever surrender your savings or pension fund to the tender mercies of Goodbody stockbrokers? Or, for that matter, to any stockbroker?

Goodbody is owned lock, stock and barrel by the mighty, but deeply troubled AIB.