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Aer Lingus yesterday urged its shareholders to reject the €700m (£553m) hostile takeover bid from its low-cost rival Ryanair.

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Aer Lingus has urged shareholders to reject budget airline Ryanair's latest €694m (£445m) takeover offer for the airline on the grounds that it "fundamentally undervalues" the business.

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Aer Lingus has said a revised takeover bid by rival airline Ryanair undervalues the business.

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Aer Lingus has shot down a surprise bid from Ryanair to seize control, saying its offer is too low.

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Ryanair faces new inquiry

The Office of Fair Trading has resumed its investigation into Ryanair's minority stake in its Irish rival Aer Lingus, and said yesterday it expected to reach a decision by the end of next month.

Aer Lingus reports €27.8 million loss

Aer Lingus has reported an operating loss of €27.8 million (£24.6 million) in the first six months of the year.

Ryanair protests over flight cancellations

Flights between Ireland and Scotland were cancelled today as the return of the Icelandic ash cloud threatened travel chaos.

Queen offers sympathies following FitzGerald death

The Queen has offered her sympathies following the death of former Irish taoiseach Garret FitzGerald.

Tributes as former taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald dies

The leaders of Britain and Ireland have paid tribute to former taoiseach Dr Garret FitzGerald who has died after a short illness.

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