In any other country, the achievement of an operating margin of 11.8 per cent by an airline might have merited special mention and perhaps even a little commendation.
So the omission by Aer Lingus executive chairman John Sharman - at last week's press conference for the company's 2004 results - to acknowledge the not insubstantial contribution of Willie Walsh and fellow former executives Brian Dunne and Seamus Kearney to the airline's healthy profit margin was glaring.
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