Ryanair’s hypocrite O’Leary caught lying by a High Court Judge

Michael O'Leary, Ryanair's chief executive

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Michael O’Leary, the CEO of Ryanair, the World’s most hated airline, has today been branded as “pathetic” by a High Court Judge after being caught out lying in a letter to Ireland’s transport Minister.

This is the same O’Leary who insinuated that Easyjet’s Stelios Haji-Ioannou was a liar in an advert campaign that portrayed him as Pinocchio. Stelios will of course see O’Leary in court over that one!

Mr Justice Peter Kelly said Mr O’Leary was lucky not to be found in contempt of court for what he described as ‘a serious state of affairs’.

The judge made his comments in an interim ruling in an ongoing case by Ryanair against the Commission for Aviation Regulation over airport charges.

The judge said he became aware last Wednesday that a letter had been written by Mr O’Leary to Mr Dempsey which misquoted him as being critical of the Minister delay in establishing an appeal panel.

Mr Justice Kelly said he found it quite extraordinary that Mr O’Leary misrepresented him in a letter to a Minister while writing it with the benefit of a transcript of earlier proceedings.

He said Mr O’Leary’s attempt to justify this in the witness box was ‘pathetic’.

The judge said Mr O Leary had apologised fully in the witness box today and because of that he would not hold him in contempt.

He also said that Mr O Leary had agreed, only when prompted by the court, to write to the Minister clarifying the situation.

However Mr Justice Kelly said having seen the way in which Ryanair conducted its correspondence in this case, he would have to insist that they saw the letter before it was sent.

In the witness box today Michael O Leary apologised for the letter.

Speaking to reporters after the hearing, Mr O’Leary said he would take a lot more care to make sure the letters he drafts in the future to the Minister and the Commissioner for Aviation Regulation are ‘factually accurate in every respect’.

When asked if he was chastened by the experience, he said he always learns something when he visits the Four Courts, in terms of drafting his letters and the conduct of our legal action with the Commission for Aviation Regulation.

He said he would be drafting a letter to the Minister in the next hour, and ‘humility would be appropriate in this case, yes’.


4 thoughts on “Ryanair’s hypocrite O’Leary caught lying by a High Court Judge

  1. Finally a marker in the sand.

    O’Leary is proven to be a liar – in a court of law. What a disgrace and hopefully this will be the end of this idiot.

  2. I have been waiting since the 17 of April.It has been a nightmare and I am still frustrated.
    I was supposed to fly with Ryanair but I am still waiting in Frankfurt,my destination is Palma de Mallorca(where i live)
    Ryanair hasn’t been helpful at all.
    They haven’t answerd the phone,i tried to call them and I had to spend for only 2 minuts 4 euros without an answer.They don’t even have a mail!
    Then I have been waiting in an apartment which at least has cost me 150 euros all this days.
    I am going to look for a compensation from Ryanair since they haven’t help me to find a solution.
    I am also very concernd because they are going to open tomorrow Europe but I don’t know what is gonna happen with my flight on Saturday(after a week stuck in Frankfurt)
    I tried to change my flight for tomorrow but now they are charging me to change it instead of Saturday!!!
    I am very nervous and angry and I am looking forward to sue them and get my 150 euros back.
    I am watching the whole day BBC news and I am looking for this message to be hang up in your news which I would be very happy because now is the only way Ryanair can see what they have been doing to us.
    Thanks for BBC news,you have a great team.
    Thanks very much

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