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Jan 20, 2013

Ryanair CEO 'village idiot' letters published in Irish press

In what could get Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary 'retired'  Eire's the  Sunday Independent has


Michael O'Leary conducting a press conference in 2011

In what could get Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary ‘retired’  Eire’s the  Sunday Independent has published correspondence in which he likened the republic’s Aviation Commissioner, Cathal Guiomard, to a “village idiot.” 

The publication goes on to quote Ryanair’s chairman David Bonderman as criticising O’Leary’s comments and disassociating the airline from them.

This doesn’t, for once, sound like an O’Leary inspired stunt.

When the chairman of a listed company goes public with a disavowal of a CEO the convention is for the chief executive to resign, as it amounts to a loss of confidence by the board.

But Ryanair is anything but conventional, so it might not come to this.

Ben Sandilands — Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands

Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands has reported and analysed the mechanical mobility of humanity since late 1960 - the end of the age of great scheduled ocean liners and coastal steamers and the start of the jet age. He’s worked in newspapers, radio and TV in a wide range of roles as a journalist at home and abroad for 56 years, the last 18 freelance.

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