An Irishman Abroad

Eamonn Brennan: Episode 370

July 11, 2020

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This week, Eamonn Brennan tells Jarlath about the challenge of controlling the skies over Europe during the biggest crisis the aviation industry has ever seen. We hear the story of how he went from growing up and studying in Galway to becoming one of the most important people in global travel and business.

Eamonn discusses his journey towards winning the election for the Director General of Eurocontrol and the real reason why Ireland is so crucial to global aviation (15:00). With a wealth of experience in constructing business deals at the highest level, Eamonn discusses the art of negotiating (45:00) and what he finds refreshing about Greta Thunberg in light of recent pressure for greener travel (27:00).

From his pessimism about Brexit (48:00) to the concept of unmanned passenger aeroplanes in the future (50:00), why having a political awareness is important in the aviation business to avoid tripping up (20:00) and much more, this is a thoroughly enjoyable conversation with a true legend of global travel.

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