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Archive for April, 2011

Nyberg Led Inside Bank Job

First, find a Finn. Then fly him into Dublin. Give him a whole pile of money, a cheque book and ask him to write a report about where the Irish banks went wrong.

It all started at the Department of Finance. Peter Nyberg was on a shortlist of candidates prepared by the mandarins for the approval of then-Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan. Nyberg seemed to tick all the boxes. The Finns had endured a similar financial crisis back in the Nineties. Peter was in the thick of it at the Bank of Finland. No better man. Peter the Finn won the raffle.

The Irish Dinosaurs Never Die

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny is playing a blinder; no one in the Dail has yet landed a glove on Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore; old hands like Pat Rabbitte and Michael Noonan are brushing aside challenges in the chamber. While government U-turns are two a penny, the main players are managing to emerge unscathed.

The Eyes Have it Inside the Dáil

WAS Brian Lenihan making mischief in the Dail last week?

He began to lovebomb Minister for Finance Michael Noonan across the chamber.

And Michael responded with a fair old flash of the eyelashes.

Brian was heaping praise on Michael’s banking policy. He could hardly contain himself. He described it as “an essential first step”. Michael’s approach was ” very constructive”. The new minister could “hold his head high” as one “who took a very responsible approach on banking”.

Michael Noonan is suddenly in danger of becoming a hero of Fianna Fail , the minister destined to implement all Brian’s unfinished works.