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Michael O'Leary renames The Gathering 'The Grabbing'

He also said Leo Varadkar was “all talk” and that Shannon Airport should have been sold off.

Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF budget airline Ryanair, Michael O’Leary, had sharp criticism today for The Gathering, Leo Varadkar, the Dublin Airport Authority and Shannon Airport.

According to Newstalk, O’Leary said The Gathering was a rip-off and should be renamed “The Grabbing” because the government are inviting people here to be “screwed”.

Speaking at a conference on aviation in Dublin, he also said the Transport Minister, Leo Varadkar, was “all talk” and that Shannon Airport should have been sold off and not merged with Shannon Development.

Mr Varadkar responded to O’Leary’s outbursts saying he should take a look at his own business before “talks of money-grabbing”.

The comments come only a month after actor Gabriel Byrne slammed The Gathering, calling it “a scam”.

The actor told Today FM’s Matt Cooper that Irish-American tourists are ‘shaken down’ for money when they visit Ireland.

Read: Gabriel Byrne slams The Gathering, calls it ‘a scam’ >

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