Sunday, 27 September 2009

Michael O'Leary, Ryanair, and Yes to Lisbon

If, when living abroad some years ago, you had told me I would one day find myself in agreement with Michael O’Leary, I would not have believed it. Especially when running across the tarmac of some remote airstrip, elbows sharpened and flailing at fellow passengers in the unseemly rush to grab a decent seat on one of his 'planes.

“Does it have to be so undignified?”, I thought. But regular air travel was not an option with the money Aer Lingus was looking for… at least I could get back home often enough with Ryanair – even with the scramble for the ‘plane.

Just fresh from telling Declan Ganley that he's not wanted and that he should "bugger off", O'Leary is campaigning for a "yes" vote on the Lisbon referendum. One thing about O’Leary, though: it is obvious where the money for his “yes to Lisbon” campaign comes from. The same can’t be said for Ganley, whose backers are thought not to have the interests of a strong Ireland and a strong EU at heart.

And if sharing the same bed on Lisbon with O’Leary seems uncomfortable, it’s much the same for him; as he finds himself in agreement with SIPTU and several other trade unions, who are usually his mortal enemies.

So if it rankles finding yourself in agreement with Michael O'Leary, it's still got to be better than finding yourself at one with Sinn Fein and Coir.

Have a look at O’Leary’s amusing press announcement video below, courtesy of You Tube.

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Ella said...

Hi GM, it's worrying that I find myself agreeing with FF and O'Leary on this one. Which begs the question, do we get more right wing the older we get. I like to think not.

The Gombeen Man said...

Ella, you only have to worry about that if you become as right-wing as Coir.