Meet me in the middle: Kieran Mulvey on Ryanair and unions

Meet me in the middle: Kieran Mulvey on Ryanair and unions
Kieran Mulvey, former chief executive of the Workplace Relations Commission and the most high-profile industrial relations mediator in the country Picture: Bryan Meade

A hardened veteran of industrial relations talks, Kieran Mulvey has his hands full brokering a solution to the bitter dispute between Ryanair and its pilots over pay

It’s Wednesday morning, and I’m having coffee with Kieran Mulvey in a hotel in Booterstown in south Dublin. All of a sudden, his phone starts to buzz. Ryanair has just secured a temporary injunction in the High Court preventing pilots represented by the Irish Air Line Pilots’ Association from going on strike over a sizeable pay claim. It has been a tense week or so. The previous Thursday, Mulvey’s efforts to broker a deal between...

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