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Archive for October, 2009

The superstar of the slump

THE banking meltdown has thrown up surprisingly few heroes.

Despite their responsibility for the crisis, banks retain tentacles everywhere. Their superpower status is undiluted. Hidden links with bankers have often compromised otherwise credible players in the economic spinning game.

None are more compromised than Ireland’s club of in-house economists.

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CIE follows the FAS road

THOMAS the Tank Engine’s eyes would pop out of their sockets at the shenanigans down in CIE’s depots. The villain of the Thomas tales, Devious Diesel, would find a paradise for plunderers in Ireland’s railways.

Iarnrod Eireann (Irish Rail) is out of control. It badly needs the services of the Fat Controller, Sir Topham Hatt, of Thomas fame.

Iarnrod Eireann’s parent board — CIE — has known for some time that all was not well down at the semi-state depots. After internal inquiries had unearthed skulduggery, the directors decided to commission their own top secret report.

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Lash your FAS cronies, Jack

Dear Jack,

Congratulations on such a successful conference last week.

Congratulations on 100 years of Siptu. Sorry you did not invite me to the celebrations. I would have enjoyed joining hands and singing The Red Flag with all the bearded brethren in late-night sessions in Tralee’s Brandon Hotel.

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