How a five-day business course changed a life

Irish politician and entrepreneur Pádraig Ó Céidigh says IMD leadership programme helped him refocus

Pádraig Ó Céidigh has a thing about rabbits — the metaphorical kind. “You cannot chase two of them at once,” he says, while admitting he has spent much of his life and career “chasing absolutely loads — often other people’s as well as my own”. A serial entrepreneur, politician, solicitor and former teacher, Ó Céidigh is best known as the former owner of Aer Arann, the Irish airline that almost went bust in 2010 amid sky-high fuel costs and following a lengthy price war with Ryanair. He left in 2012 after helping to steer the business out of examinership — the Irish version of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US. What followed was an appointment to Ireland’s upper house, the Senate, and a high-profile role leading a committee that reported in April on the emotive issue of whether Irish households should pay for excessive water use. In his spare time, he is buying up nursing homes.

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