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Ryanair takeover of Aer Lingus opposed by Irish government

The Irish government has stated its opposition to the proposed Ryanair takeover of Aer Lingus.

19 December 2012

Posted by David Gleck

The Irish government has come out in public opposition to attempts by Ryanair to take over rival carrier Aer Lingus.

Ryanair is making its third attempt to complete the acquisition and is seeking to get the deal past European competition commissioners with a series of concessions, such as selling off some of the Aer Lingus landing slots at Heathrow.

Transport minister Leo Varadkar said the concessions are not enough and the government is unwilling to lend its own co-operation to a process it sees as having no benefits for Ireland.

He added: "The Commission will make its own decision, but we have given our views and they are around connectivity, competition and employment."

Firms faced with tough regulatory hurdles of this kind may find the skills of merger and acquisition consultants are invaluable in helping find solutions.

One recent deal that has managed to satisfy the European Commission was the takeover of Orange's mobile telephone business in Austria by Hutchison 3G (H3G).

H3G agreed to divest its radio spectrum and related rights and allow wholesale access to its network, to enable more entrants into the mobile telephony sector in Austria.

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