O’Leary should steer our ship
COMPETITION, by its very nature, is a magnet for scurrilous remarks.
If you want to reach, and stay at number one, then you must graft to ensure that your rivals are kept firmly in their place. But it must be executed in a way that people are still going to warm to you when you flash them that victory smile. Just ask Ferguson, or Obama or even Bertie Ahern. And then you have Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary, himself a master of competitiveness.
Over the past few weeks he has been everywhere, as his much publicised offer to take control of Aer Lingus has been chewed up and spat out by most people with a functioning tongue.
You couldn’t call him a magnificent man of presence but he does have that factor that will make you want to hear more. Maybe his secret is that he tells the man on the street what he wants to hear.
In his recent appearance on the Late Late Show he underwent a Kenny grilling and proved not just his articulateness but his intelligence as well. He wasn’t there, at a time of recession, to tell us all about how his millions were made and sprinkle salt in our wounds, he was there to tell us how he could help the nation out... and his own pocket.
O’Leary has the unique ability to elevate people, to put forward his plan for a route out of this ever-deepening quagmire that the country finds itself sinking into. Exactly what we need when the country is lacking real leadership.
How calming would it be to turn on the news at six o’clock on any given evening and be reassured by a ‘general’ who can tell us that there is a finishing line in sight and that we will get there. Instead we’re greeted by silence and left pondering over whether the Celtic Tiger really existed or if it was all built on hire purchase.
There are plenty who would talk down Michael O’Leary and his operations, accusing him of being a rogue.
But the rogue you know is far easier to suffer than the one you’ll never be sure about.
GOOD on Cork butcher Declan O’Flynn and his proactive response to the pork crisis by mish-mashing some beef, chicken and lamb to keep his sausage customers from chewing the leg of the kitchen table.
Apparently the new products have proved so popular that they are expected to remain a permanent fixture once all the piggies are allowed back on the market. But let’s face it, when it comes down to a good old fashioned plate of bangers and mash it’s pork that you want on your fork. Here’s hoping that the pig industry doesn’t suffer any further setbacks before Christmas. For all involved.
LEO AND THE POGUE
THE legend of Shane McGowan continues. Not only is he a miracle worker by consuming more alcohol in a lifetime than six generations of the Best family could only dream of but he’s now going to be lighting up our screens this Christmas. Yes, Shane is appearing in Fair City where he will perform a duet with his old pal Leo Dowling.
Let’s just pray that they get him hammered.