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    According to the Irish Times (as relayed by Rachel English on RTE) Ciaran Haughey's infamous Celtic Helicopters has handed in its operating licence to the Aviation Authority and is no longer offering charter services. It will instead concentrate on providing hanger space for helicopters owned by Ireland's wealthy who are putting them away to cut operating costs in the recession.

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    It's a pity the banks wouldn't hand back their licences.

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    I'll give it two minute's before someone goes on an "elite fat cat's" type rant.

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    Came across an interesting article in relation to early investments in Celtic Helicopters that I was unaware of until now. GTech and it's founder Guy Snowden won the contract to build and maintain the first online Lotto terminals back in 1987 when Lotto was launched in Ireland...

    The company initially kept a relatively low profile in Ireland despite a reputation that has been tarnished by numerous allegations of impropriety and its contract with the lottery was renewed in 1993. But five years later it emerged that GTech founder Guy Snowden had invested $100,000 in Ciaran Haughey's Celtic Helicopters in 1993 just a month before the Irish lottery contract was renewed.

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    Snowden was forced to resign from British lottery operator Camelot and step down from GTech two years ago after he lost a British libel trial against Richard Branson. Branson had alleged that in 1993 Snowden had tried to bribe him from making a bid for the UK lottery.
    GTech is a USA gaming technology company

    GTech attempts to keep a low profile in the Irish market. The company is never referred to in the National Lottery's glossy annual report but it has attracted notoriety through a number of high profile controversies.
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    Well spotted, you know Ireland reminds me of what a friend said when he was in Nigeria, "in Nigeria, everything is for sale" just pop in ireland there and it makes sense..

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    Quote Originally Posted by thecretinhop View Post
    Well spotted, you know Ireland reminds me of what a friend said when he was in Nigeria, "in Nigeria, everything is for sale" just pop in ireland there and it makes sense..
    Would that include beatification too? Saint Charlie of Frugality. Well, he was a saint after all, wasn't he?
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    So Ciaran is offering a sort of parking facility basically.

    Give him a cap with a harp on it and a rolled-up newspaper

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    Quote Originally Posted by kerrynorth View Post
    According to the Irish Times (as relayed by Rachel English on RTE) Ciaran Haughey's infamous Celtic Helicopters has handed in its operating licence to the Aviation Authority and is no longer offering charter services. It will instead concentrate on providing hanger space for helicopters owned by Ireland's wealthy who are putting them away to cut operating costs in the recession.
    If only the banks would hand back their licences.

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    6 week old news being regurgitated as silly season is here.

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