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Matt Cooper: State appears to be damned if it does and damned if it doesn’t buy ‘Terminal 3’ land

The offer for sale by the McEvaddy brothers of their land adjacent to Dublin Airport poses big strategic questions for the state, but some of the answers can be found by reference to the past

Then Taoiseach Brian Cowen, David Dilger, then DAA chairman, and Declan Collier, then DAA chief executive, explore Terminal 2 on its official opening in November 2010. Picture: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

It remains one of the enduring images of the crash. In 2010, on the day before the troika arrived at Dublin Airport to take control of the nation’s finances, then Taoiseach Brian Cowen went to the brand new Terminal 2 to attend its official opening; he discovered that Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary had gone there first and stolen the attention of the waiting media.

In advance of the cavalcade of chauffeur-driven state cars, a hearse ...