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How many people will apply for the 'worst job in PR'?

Ryanair needs a new spokesperson. Tread carefully.

Image: Virginia Mayo/AP

THE WORLD’S WORST PR job is about to become available – and that’s according to the people offering it.

Ryanair has today announced that its spokesman-in-chief Stephen McNamara is to leave the company next February, taking up a new role as the Director of Communications for the IRFU just before next year’s Six Nations championship.

As a result, the airline is openly seeking applications to replace him – and openly admits that the role is described by many in the media as “the worst job in PR”, given the airline’s tendency to find itself at the wrong end of various controversies.

In a statement this afternoon Ryanair said McNamara was moving on “after four years of being battered and abused by [Ryanair CEO] Michael O’Leary on one side, and the European media on the other”.

McNamara’s departure continues a theme with the airline – his Ryanair predecessor, Peter Sherrard, left in 2008 to become the director of communications at the FAI, a job which probably also comes with its own share of headaches.

“As a company that spends little on advertising, we rely on our communications department to generate loads of free PR,” said O’Leary (!), “as well as responding to the never-ending series of absurd claims and fanciful stories that surface on a daily basis.

We look forward to recruiting another brave soul to take on the “worst job in Irish PR” and look forward to grooming the next candidate to take over the high profile and incredibly overpaid position.

Anyone willing to spending more than a few seconds in the company of the Mullingar mogul can fire a CV and cover letter to recruitment@ryanair.com quoting vacancy number FRHOC001. Applications close next Friday evening at 5:30pm.

In full: TheJournal.ie’s never-ending series of ”absurd claims and fanciful stories that surface on a daily basis”

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