O’Leary to take no prisoners in takeover

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary tells Laura Noonan that, as far as he’s concerned, the battle for Aer Lingus shares is just beginning.

21st October, 2006

Ryanair’s audacious bid for Aer Lingus has been marred by setbacks in the 18 days since it was publicly unveiled.

First came the Department of Transport’s outright refusal to sell a single share of its Aer Lingus stake to Ryanair. Next came a statement from the board of Aer Lingus rejecting the bid. And then, last week, telecoms multimillionaire Denis O’Brien spent €32 million buying 2.1 per cent of the airline in an effort...

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