Tuesday October 20, 2020

ARCHIVE Michael O'Leary: Pedals, politics and self-parody

Michael O’Leary hasn’t lost his sting; the Ryanair boss says Dublin is being ruined by cycling-lobby ‘headbangers’, climate change is bunk and the market will solve most problems

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer

28th May, 2017
Michael O’Leary: ‘I’m a parody of myself. The parody is always there’ Picture: Bloomberg

It’s hard, when talking to Michael O’Leary, not to think of the fable of the scorpion and the frog.

It’s a well-known tale. The scorpion asks the frog for a lift across the river. The frog, understandably cautious, asks for a promise he won’t get stung. The scorpion duly promises, but half way across he stings the frog anyway. The frog, as he sinks into the water, demands an explanation, since...

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