"I am not a cloud bunny"

The Guardian’s Andrew Clark profiles Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary, who, regardless of your opinion of him – and he is regardless of your opinion of him – is in the business of providing transport for the massive increase in the number of people wanting to fly throughout Europe.. as cheaply as possible. He also has a penchant for withering one[or two]-liners.

  • david sloan


  • Sol

    “I am not a cloud bunny, I am not an aerosexual. I don’t like aeroplanes. I never wanted to be a pilot like those other platoons of goons who populate the air industry.”

    “Casual abuse is O’Leary’s stock in trade. He has described the European commission as “morons”, the airport operator BAA as “overcharging rapists”. Britain’s air traffic control service is “poxy”, British Airways are “expensive bastards” and travel agents are “fuckers” who should be “taken out and shot”.

    Interesting man

  • Joseyboy

    “Crew have to pay for their own training, uniforms and meals. Head office staff must supply their own pens and are even forbidden from charging their mobile phones at work. O’Leary refuses to recognise trade unions – the Irish union Impact claims it has 270 victimisation cases outstanding between Ryanair pilots and management”

    This greedy little creep epitomizes everything which is bad about modern Ireland and Britain.

    Poxy indeed.

  • Jimmy_Sands

    We simply cannot bear it if one of our people becomes successful.

  • Joseyboy

    Wrong Jimmy

    We’re being asked to respect or admire a guy who has got rich on the back of exploited workers and whose success has been enabled by heavy subsidy from the public purse and who shows a complete disregard for the environment – a decent role model you think ?

  • Sol

    i dont really think he cares whether or not you respect him… if i had that amount of cash, I wouldnt care either

  • Jimmy Sands


    It’s hard to work out your perspective on this. You seem to think that employers should hire people for reasons other than exploiting their labour although it’s not apparent to me what those reasons might be. You oppose state subventions in industry, although your ire in that regard might better be directed against its main competitor in which the state maintains a shareholding. As for the environment, his argument is not directed so much against the principle of the tax as against the fact that it is regressive in nature, with a bargain break tourist taxed proportionately anything up to 50 times the first class ticket holder.

    This is not confined to O’Leary. We seem as a people congenitally unable to applaud success.

  • Sol

    Correct Jimmy, the man is in business to make money, not provide some sort of social work for the community.
    But I dont feel the need to respect him anymore than anyone body else.

  • carlosblancos


    No-one is forced to work for Ryanair, they choose to do so, and while O’Leary may have industrial relations problems, many employees at all levels have been rewarded with lucrative share options and other bonuses.

    Perhaps efforts should be concentrated towards helping those employees who are truely exploited: those immigrants both legal and illegal who work for pittance and are ignored by trade unions. Sadly, unions in the south have made the repeated mistake of representing ‘our’ workers instead of ‘workers’.