'RTÉ needs to be privatised, broken up and sold' - Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary

He also says the radio sector has 'one hand tied behind its back'

'RTÉ needs to be privatised, broken up and sold' - Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary at the Westbury Hotel in Dublin in 2014 | Image: RollingNews.ie

The chief executive of Ryanair Michael O'Leary says RTÉ needs to be privatised, broken up and sold.

Mr O'Leary has repeated his claims the State broadcaster is run by trade unions.

He also says the station is too focused on industrial relations disputes - and is ignoring other issues like the Syrian crisis and Donald Trump's election.

Speaking after a business briefing in Mullingar this morning, Mr O'Leary says media needs to become more competitive.

And he questioned whether we can afford to continue subsidising the public service broadcaster.

You can hear the full interview with Michael O'Leary on Newstalk Drive from 4.00pm.