The Inquisitor: State's 'no sale' to Ryanair may be an own goal
The government's aversion to Michael O'Leary doesn't leave many options for offloading the Aer Lingus stake, writes Richard Curran.
Iam not at all sure that a Ryanair takeover of Aer Lingus would have been good for competition, Ireland Inc or consumers. But if Ryanair came up with a formula that made such a bid acceptable to the European Commission and the Irish Competition Authority, then you would have to accept it. Those are the bodies responsible for ensuring competition. That is part of their job.
If the tenacity, determination or folly of Michael O'Leary...
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