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Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary at the airline’s AGM in Dublin yesterday

RTE reports:

Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O’Leary has personally apologised to the airline’s workforce for reputational damage caused by what he described as the “mess” over flight cancellations.

Mr O’Leary has also pledged to meet all Employee Representative Councils over the coming weeks to discuss their grievances.

In a broadcast to staff over an internal channel, he said management were sorry for visiting the crisis on their frontline teams, including pilots, cabin crew, check-in staff and customer service personnel, and praised their work in recent days.

…He said Ryanair had not understood that rostering numbers were low – and had certainly mismanaged the allocation of the four-week blocks of leave to pilots in September and October when they were still running the summer schedule.

He told staff that management were being assured during the summer that they had enough pilots when they clearly did not have enough to be able to allocate leave during those months.

He confirmed that Ryanair will be writing to pilots over the coming days asking those allocated a four-week block of annual leave in October, November or December to please work one of those four weeks.

He pledged to protect the other three weeks of annual leave, and allocate the fourth week later in the year.

…Meanwhile the pilots’ deadline for Mr O’Leary to respond to their demand for negotiations on better contracts has expired.

So far 55 of Ryanair’s 86 bases have rejected Ryanair’s offer of additional pay and deferred bonuses to give back leave.

The next step by either management or pilots remains unclear.

O’Leary apologises to Ryanair staff over ‘cancellation’ mess (RTE)




A full page advertisement taken out by the Allied Pilots Association in tomorrow’s Irish Times weekend edition.

He’s back.

On The Ray D’Arcy Show on RTÉ One…

Sinéad Harrington writes:

On the first show of the new season Girls Aloud star and recent winner of Celebrity Big Brother Sarah Harding will join Ray in studio….

…Also joining Ray on the couch are boxers Joe Ward and Bernard Dunne Former Journalist of the year Mick Clifford will discuss his new book ‘A Force for Justice’ on the life of Sergeant Maurice McCabe

And Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen, authors of the best selling ‘Oh My God, What A Complete Aishling’ will join Ray to discuss their new book and Ray will chat to some of the “Aislings” in the audience…

*smashes remote into own face*

The Ray D’Arcy Show at 9:45pm tomorrow on RTÉ One.

Women On Wednesday.

In Whelan’s, Wexford Street, Dublin.

In aid of Aidlink’s Girls’ Education Programme in rural Kenya.

At 7pm.

WOW writes:

Still bubbling from the success of its inaugural event in July, WOW returns to Whelan’s on September 27th for another night of conversation and celebration of female creativity.

This month’s WOW welcomes another exciting & eclectic line-up, with performances from: Rachael Lavelle, Deirdre Sullivan, Leila Jane, Lisa Casey & SYLK

WOW – Women on Wednesdays, Live at Whelan’s (Facebook)


Marcel Kreuger (top) and ‘The Corridor’ logo

They come over here.

Contextualising our existential crises.

Dundalk-based, Cologne-born Marcel Kreuger (him off the telly) writes:

The Corridor is a series of events organised by new Dundalk residents Anne Mager (arts curator) and myself (writer and translator), both migrants from Germany.

To explore our new home and to engage with the new Brexit border just a few miles up the road, we invited artists from Ireland and Germany to work, talk and perform with the border in mind.

Our first event series is a collaboration with the 1st German Electrophonic Orchestra, who are making noise and acoustically measuring Belfast, Dundalk, Drogheda and Dublin together with Irish artists Paddy Bloomer, Aoife Ward and Sean Hillen all day today on Culture Night, and which will continue next week with all Irish artists in Cologne.

Upcoming events in October and November include a fish dinner with fishermen from both sides of the Carlingford Lough, and a reading with authors like Garett Carr and Paul Scraton who have walked the Irish border and the former Berlin Wall, respectively.

More details at link below

In fairness.

The Corridor


Part of a campaign by anti-prostitution activist group Ruhama to highlight how women who are trafficked into Ireland for sex are treated.

The #WhereIsAndreea campaign will see dozens of posters (as above) placed across Dublin city centre.

Ruhama is urging people to call the number above and “hear what Andreea has to say”.


  from left, Bill Shipsey of Amnesty Internatonal and U2’s Bono look on in Dublin Airport; Aung San Suu Kyi with then Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore (right), as Irish/Burmese Sophia Kelly presents flowers

Further to reports that more than 420,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled violent attacks by Buddhists in Myanmar.

Trayvon writes:

We are into the second week of this but finally a European leader has called this for what it is [French President Emmanuel Macron has said attacks on Myanmar’s Rohingya minority amounted to “genocide].

it is now time to rescind Aung San Suu Kyi of ALL the honours she picked up on her Bono-led tour of Ireland We cannot and should not honour apologists for genocide.

Satellite images show sprawling Rohingya refugee camps (San Fransisco Chronicle)

Call to strip Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi of Ulster Degree (Belfast Telegraph)