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Archive for June, 2009

Lisbon Flight for Finian

A date with Deep Throat on the island of Jersey.

There is still room for a few more colourful stories. Next stop, the sunny island of Nevis in the Caribbean to check all the high jinks going on out there. I hope Penguin, the publishers, will think a trip is necessary.

Instead, I assemble a few Jersey investment types for lunch. They have two interests in Ireland: they want us to do their dirty work for them by voting ‘No’ to Lisbon. And they are thrilled that Anglo Irish Bank is down and out. Many of them still confuse Anglo with AIB. They are doubly excited at the thought that Ireland’s biggest bank is bust. I disappoint them over lunch, telling them that I am voting ‘Yes’ to Lisbon and that Anglo is a different animal from AIB.


Spare us the Anglo Porkies

IN Ireland, we are fed porkies by the barrowful. Like Taoiseach Brian Cowen endlessly repeating that “the fundamentals are sound”.

Or Tanaiste Mary Coughlan rabbiting on about how our economic crisis is due to “global factors”.

Or company chairmen insisting that their little basket case is “well-positioned for the recovery”.

All that is run-of-the-mill guff — although last weekend’s polls suggest we are beginning to rumble the oligarchs who rule us.


Anglo Boss too Close to Seanie

MICK Bailey was fresh as a daisy. There was a bounce in the builder’s step.

I spent the first hour of Friday morning accosting people in Dublin’s Molesworth Street. Mostly they were people I do not know and, more often, people who certainly do not want to know me.

I spotted Mick Bailey of Bovale builders fame while I was loitering with intent outside Leinster House, coincidentally contemplating a column on Bovale’s bankers, Anglo Irish.