It was a dishonourable thing to say, particularly as it was said with the protection of Dail privilege (i.e. WW
can't sue him).
The clear reality - as evidenced in many other ways - is that this govt needs a sharp pitchfork in the posterior to move on any aviation issues. The interest simply isn't there; EI
is simply a pawn in the political chess game. It is depressing that the importance of aviation to an economy like Ireland is still not recognised.
As EI321 says above, the MBO proposal was the only way the airline could get the govt to act; it was clear to the senior management that the govt had absolutely no interest in taking action, so they had to be forced.
He had done all he could within the confines he had worked under, and the airline needed investment to expand. I think WW
knew that the MBO wasn't a runner, but they had to find a way to get the govt to move.
My big fear now, however, is what happens to the current privatisation process; Bertie says now that it will go ahead, but Bertie says what suits the mood of the times. If the "conditions" aren't right (and they might certainly be less good than they are now, particularly if Iran needs to be taken in hand), then the chances decline. Basically, the longer the govt waits, the more likely it is that something will happen. Thus, the Taoiseach and SIPTU will have sold EI
down the river; the victor - their biggest nemesis, Ryanair.