Shane & supporters at the election count in February 2011.
Archive for January, 2012
In 2010, along with Nick Webb, he co-authored, ‘Wasters’, an examination of the scandal of public sector waste and extravagance at the taxpayers’ expense.
Shane is a best-selling author. His 2009 bestseller, ‘The Bankers: How the Banks Brought Ireland to its Knees’, lifted the veil from those whose reckless lending to property developers brought Ireland from boom to bust.
A few weeks after I was made business editor of the Sunday Independent I went out to lunch with editor Aengus Fanning and a senior management type.
On the agenda was the progress of this newspaper’s attempt to compete with the dull business supplements then emerging from our competitors. As so often happened with Aengus, there was a sense of friction when anyone tried to snipe at his staff or his products.
The management type was unenthusiastic about the tone of the pages, and distinctly sniffy about our descent into critical populism. He had been receiving flak from his business chums. They were meant to feel that this was their section. It should be authoritative and far more business-friendly.
Confident that the sort of heresy the business section was pursuing would appeal to him, I looked to Aengus for support.
Aengus was unpredictable as ever. He was vehement: “Do you know the one thing I do not want to see in my business section?” he demanded. Both of us looked puzzled, because with Aengus you never knew what was coming next .
Did the troika get it hopelessly wrong? Perhaps our less than welcome visitors have gone native.
A delicious thought occurs — that our persecutors will soon have egg all over their faces. All we now need is icing on the cake. What a bonus it would be to see Sarkozy bite the dust in the French presidential elections in May, and for Angela Merkel to be similarly humbled next year.
Keep your fingers crossed.
GOOD Christian that he is, Enda Kenny is surely a believer in the Second Coming.
Good citizen that the Taoiseach is, he is surely equally a believer in the second bailout of Ireland?
I hate to point out to him that there is far stronger evidence for the inevitability of the second bailout than for the second coming. And the second bailout is, sadly, probably a little more imminent.
Enda thinks the second coming will arrive first.
EVERY morning, when I walk to the local Spar in Enniskerry for my news fix, I pass a car park. Nothing remarkable about that.
Next I breeze past the adjoining historic Powerscourt Arms Hotel, a listed building with a proud history. Then I glance at the landmark Enniskerry clock tower (1843), buy the papers and return home to digest the news.
Last week, the car park was closed. It was blocked by steel barriers.
I was a bit nonplussed, but I assumed that the owners of the Powerscourt Arms Hotel had decided to fill in the potholes. Alternatively, perhaps this was a mundane safety issue? Whatever the reason, it is always a tonic to see this beautiful Wicklow village being tarted up.
What an innocent I was.