Michael O'Leary has launched another scathing attack on the Luas drivers 4 years ago

Michael O'Leary has launched another scathing attack on the Luas drivers

He pulls no punches when talking about Ireland's transport system.

Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary has once again described the Luas drivers as “lunatics” and “headbangers” following their dispute with the Luas operator, Transdev, over pay. Speaking on Newstalk's Down To Business about the Luas strike, he says that those drivers on strike have decided to "vote away their jobs" and that they should be replaced by "schoolkids".

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"It takes about five minutes to train a Luas driver. There's a button, you go left. A button, you go right, and that's all it takes to drive a Luas train", he adds.

Regarding the strike, O'Leary says, "You look at the mess of the Luas strikes, where you have a couple of headbangers hanging out for 50% pay increase".

The Mullingar entrepreneur also had some scathing words for the government's involvement in transportation companies, arguing that companies like Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann should be privatised.

"You have to ask why is the state still owning bus companies? The state is useless at running bus companies. It's always been useless at running train services. We need to deregulate and transport all of the transport system", says the Ryanair boss.

Quotes via - Newstalk