Michael O’Leary says people see him as either “Jesus” or “an odious little shit” 8 years ago

Michael O’Leary says people see him as either “Jesus” or “an odious little shit”

In a recent interview with the Irish Times Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary said some pretty interesting things about himself and the state of the aviation industry.

There are a few people out there who absolutely despise Michael O’Leary and his business practices, but in light of the recent roll back of certain consumer policies, the Ryanair boss opened up to the Irish Times and said he thinks he’s “misunderstood”.

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“I am soft, cuddly, misunderstood, with huge concern for my fellow human beings,” he said.

In the interview he describes himself as a “cheeky chappy” and while Ryanair will be becoming more ‘user friendly’ in the future, O’Leary said he’s “certainly not a new man” adding “Neanderthal, more like”.

O’Leary continued saying people see him as “Jesus, Superman or an odious little shit” and when asked which one he thought he was more like, O’Leary replied “Jesus”. However, he sees himself more like Brian from the Monty Python film Life of Brian in that “he is not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy.”

O’Leary also had a go at airport policy saying it’s “a mess” while the government is “so terrified of a couple of Nimbys that they won’t make a decision”.

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It’s a very interesting read and you can check out the full article in the business section of the Irish Times.