Who’s the real loo-ser?

We’re guessing that Ryanair, while surely an upstanding corporate citizen, obviously hasn’t considered the social benefit they could bring to their native land, not to mention priceless PR mileage, with a small investment in sanitary facilities. And no, we don’t mean onboard their planes – although, we wouldn’t be surprised if Mr O’Leary doesn’t start […]


We’re guessing that Ryanair, while surely an upstanding corporate citizen, obviously hasn’t considered the social benefit they could bring to their native land, not to mention priceless PR mileage, with a small investment in sanitary facilities. And no, we don’t mean onboard their planes – although, we wouldn’t be surprised if Mr O’Leary doesn’t start charging for that ¡®luxury’ soon.

You see, Ireland, while technically part of the United Kingdom – at least last time we checked – is a bit of a poor cousin of much of the rest of the European Union. Struggling to plug Europe’s biggest budget deficit and to kickstart the ailing economy simultaneously, Ireland set aside scarce funds to revamp a road network still reminiscent of its past as one of Europe’s poorest countries.

But the problem is, they kinda ran out of money before they could add the niceties to the new expressway. The result – a 250km stretch between Cork and Dublin with no service stations, which of course means no petrol, no food and most important… no toilets!

Here at Bellyache Central, we reckon the Irish carrier should step up and prise open its clenched fist to let a few million of its 2010 projected net profit of between €350-375 million loose, to build some loos. How much can a couple of loos be worth? They could even paint them in Ryanair colours and add the logo of Air Lingus or easyJet to the toilet bowls and urinals! Well, just a thought.