Bringing the diaspora back home

Though Leo Varadkar admires Michael O'Leary, he wants 'realism' from the Ryanair boss, writes Niamh Connolly.

29th January, 2012
Bringing the diaspora back home
Leo Varadkar has offered to scrap the €3 travel tax if airlines open new routes. Photo: Tony O'Shea

Like transport ministers before him, Leo Varadkar is feeling the heat of Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary's theatrical outbursts.

Over the past 15 years, Mary O'Rourke, Séamus Brennan, Martin Cullen and Noel Dempsey have all been tormented by O'Leary's worldview of a government protecting state transport 'monopolies'.

Now O'Leary has made statements criticising Varadkar over the airport tax, and for not selling off Dublin Airport Authority along with its 'Taj Mahal' Terminal Two building.

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