Paternity leave drives O’Leary mad

Most women if given the choice would actually stop working when they have young children, according to straight-talking Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary.

Shooting from the hip as ever, the father of four let rip at political correctness and at the growing numbers campaigning for paid paternity leave.

Mr O’Leary said he is driven “mad” by the notion of paternity leave — “the idea that the father can now skip off for a few weeks”.

He didn’t take any time off when his children were born.

“I couldn’t wait to get back to work. I don’t want to be at home with young babies, breastfeeding and changing nappies.

“That is not my function in life. This bonding stuff is rubbish... Men tend to bond with their children when they are walking, talking, following football, then we have something to say to them. When they are 0-9 months, all they are interested in is milk and mammaries.”

Pouring scorn on the men who lament their inability to enjoy those early months with their babies, he said: “The fathers who feign interest at that stage are just making it up.

“I did the first nappy in the hospital and that was pretty much the only one... we sow the seed, women have the babies and after that we provide. It’s all biological.”

In the wide-ranging interview with the London Times, Mr O’Leary said: “Women should work. Arab societies where they suppress women are simply doomed to failure.”

He does agree, though, with many feminists when it comes to burkas — he’s against their growing acceptance in the Western world.


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