29 MARCH 2010
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Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary has been sharply criticised by a Dublin High Court judge for what he described as lying in a letter to Transport Minister Noel Dempsey, according to the Irish Times. 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 which the airline considers far too high. Mr Justice Kelly said he found it quite extraordinary that Mr O'Leary misrepresented him in a letter to a Minister. He said Mr O'Leary's attempt to justify this in the witness box was "pathetic". The judge noted Mr O Leary had apologised fully in the witness box and because of that he would not hold him in contempt.
O’Leary denied as “absolutely untrue” suggestions by Cian Ferriter, for the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) , that Ryanair has a pattern of misleading solicitors, the court, the DAA and the public, “an utter disregard” for the truth or that he showed the same lack of respect for the court as to all others who come in the way of Ryanair campaigns.
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