Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary at the airline’s AGM in Dublin yesterday

RTE reports:

Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O’Leary has personally apologised to the airline’s workforce for reputational damage caused by what he described as the “mess” over flight cancellations.

Mr O’Leary has also pledged to meet all Employee Representative Councils over the coming weeks to discuss their grievances.

In a broadcast to staff over an internal channel, he said management were sorry for visiting the crisis on their frontline teams, including pilots, cabin crew, check-in staff and customer service personnel, and praised their work in recent days.

…He said Ryanair had not understood that rostering numbers were low – and had certainly mismanaged the allocation of the four-week blocks of leave to pilots in September and October when they were still running the summer schedule.

He told staff that management were being assured during the summer that they had enough pilots when they clearly did not have enough to be able to allocate leave during those months.

He confirmed that Ryanair will be writing to pilots over the coming days asking those allocated a four-week block of annual leave in October, November or December to please work one of those four weeks.

He pledged to protect the other three weeks of annual leave, and allocate the fourth week later in the year.

…Meanwhile the pilots’ deadline for Mr O’Leary to respond to their demand for negotiations on better contracts has expired.

So far 55 of Ryanair’s 86 bases have rejected Ryanair’s offer of additional pay and deferred bonuses to give back leave.

The next step by either management or pilots remains unclear.

O’Leary apologises to Ryanair staff over ‘cancellation’ mess (RTE)

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Update:

Eek.

A full page advertisement taken out by the Allied Pilots Association in tomorrow’s Irish Times weekend edition.

Every Friday, we give away a TWENTY FIVE Euro voucher to spend at any of the 14 Golden Discs stores nationwide.

All we ask from you is a tune we can play at at an unspecified time next week.

This week’s Theme: Autumn playlist.

What song do you reach for when the clock goes back, the leaves start falling and your conker gets twocked?

To enter, please complete this sentence:

‘I find my My Autumn mood usually lifts on hearing____________________________’

Lines Must close at MIDNIGHT Sunday.

Golden Discs

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Behold the 63m, 12 cabin Eau Electric Yacht Concept from Amsterdam-based marine designer Frank Tjepkema.

Cruise the Rivieras of the future at 25 knots, surveying all from the droplet shaped wheelhouse of a ribbed aluminium ship which, according to the designer:

captures the reminiscent qualities of the water itself. 

All right then.

uncrate

Did you stay up?

A warm hug to, clockwise from top left: Neil Curran, ‘Preposterous‘. Johnny Keenan, Lucky Khambula and Olga Cronin, our panel on last night’s Broadsheet on the Telly.

The show can be viewed in its entirety (above).

Lucky, from the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (Masi) spoke about eviction threats to residents in Direct Provision centres who have either been granted asylum or are under deportation notices.

Meanwhile, Neil defended Michael O’Leary, Olga teased out developments in the Disclosures Tribunal and Johnny shared his disgust with apathy.

It got a little sweary.

Sorry.

Previously: Broadsheet on the Telly on Broadsheet

He’s back.

On The Ray D’Arcy Show on RTÉ One…

Sinéad Harrington writes:

On the first show of the new season Girls Aloud star and recent winner of Celebrity Big Brother Sarah Harding will join Ray in studio….

…Also joining Ray on the couch are boxers Joe Ward and Bernard Dunne Former Journalist of the year Mick Clifford will discuss his new book ‘A Force for Justice’ on the life of Sergeant Maurice McCabe

And Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen, authors of the best selling ‘Oh My God, What A Complete Aishling’ will join Ray to discuss their new book and Ray will chat to some of the “Aislings” in the audience…

*smashes remote into own face*

The Ray D’Arcy Show at 9:45pm tomorrow on RTÉ One.