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Archive for September, 2010

Cowen Flees into the Arms of FAS

ON Monday evening last, Brian Lenihan released Brian Cowen from political bondage. The Taoiseach — reprieved by his Finance Minister — instantly bolted to a safer haven.

No, not to Offaly. Nor into the arms of his demoralised Fianna Fail tribe; but in his mission to save his skin, he turned to a different type of bondage — quango bondage — as he landed straight into the arms of Ireland’s immovables. Identifying unemployment as the biggest sore on the scarred landscape, he issued press releases galore to reinvent himself as a man of action.

Watchdog’s Wasted Efforts

IS the watchdog a waster?

Last week the grandly named “Comptroller & Auditor-General” produced more than 1,000 pages of masterly finger-wagging.

He gently took the usual suspects to task for wasting State funds.

John Buckley must have the easiest job in Ireland. Ireland’s wasters’ industry is endemic.

Humiliated, Not Humbled

LAST Tuesday at five o’clock, a private briefing was held for members of the Oireachtas. The location was Anglo Irish Bank’s gleaming new offices.

No journalists were allowed. So may I tell you exactly what happened?

Fantasies in the Anglo Bunker

THE scene: the Burlington Road bunker, the new sparkling headquarters of Anglo Irish Bank. A board meeting last Thursday morning.

In the chair, Alan Dukes, flanked by ex-Bank of Ireland chief Maurice Keane, ex-AIB chief Gary Kennedy, ex-Fianna Fail senator Aidan Eames, Anglo chief executive Mike Aynsley and Teagasc chairman Noel Cawley.

All stand. Round of applause for Dukes as he enters the bunker.

Mutual backslapping for the chairman’s “brilliant” interview on RTE’s six o’clock news on Tuesday after the disastrous interim figures.