Ryanair fails to win costs against State over travel tax

Ryanair is not, at this stage, entitled to certain legal costs relating to its bid to get judgment against the State for millions it says it overpaid in air travel tax, the High Court has ruled.

Ryanair claimed it was entitled to judgment against the Revenue Commissioners and the Minister for Finance over delays in complying with court orders that they provide information that the airline said it required to progress its case.

The application became moot last month when the State provided the required information.

However, Mr Justice Max Barrett said he would not grant Ryanair the costs of making the application and said that should be dealt with at the outcome of its main action.

He said he would have rejected the airline’s application to strike out the State parties’ defence and enter judgment against them.

He would also have rejected Ryanair’s application that the State defendants not be allowed to recover their legal costs of defending the case, this far, regardless of its eventual outcome.

First introduced in March 2009, the tax, which the airlines themselves had to collect by adding it to passenger ticket prices, had two rates — €2 for flights with destinations of 300km or less from Dublin Airport; and €10 for those further than that.

It had be revised following a complaint to the EU Commission that the higher rate breached EU regulations and in 2011 was replaced with a single €3 rate regardless of distance.

Ryanair and Aer Lingus separately sued the State seeking the return of the money they had paid up to March 2011 above the new rate.

Both airlines sought sums in excess of €60m.

Mr Justice Barrett said there was no wilful default on the part of the State.


Lifestyle

I’m giggling but also it is tinged with tension. I peep out from behind the large sycamore. They are three trees away.Opening Lines: I’m just a bearded wheezing giggly man on the ground

I did my Leaving Cert in June and have just started college this week, so my school experience is extremely fresh in my memory. I went to Davis College in Mallow and it was a fantastic experience. I was the loud obnoxious child at the back of the classroom from day one. I had to (and still do, by the way) have an opinion on everything.Stand up and be counted : The Young Offender's Demi Isaac Oviawe on college and school life

When I was in secondary school I started working part-time as a waitress and I suppose I caught the hospitality bug back then.You've been served: General manager at Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa Caitriona O’Keeffe

That an American study has found straight women prefer dad bods (“an untoned and slightly plump male physique, especially one that is considered attractive”) to six packs and hard shiny abs comes as no great surprise.Outside the Box: Tone down guys, us girls don’t mind moobs

More From The Irish Examiner