September 27, 2006: Ryanair starts to acquire a substantial number of shares in Aer Lingus.
**October 4, 2006:** Ryanair's stake in Aer Lingus rises to 16 per cent.
**October 5, 2006:** Ryanair increases its stake in Aer Lingus to 19.6 per cent before launching its first bid to buy the airline.
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