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Archive for July, 2014

PAC Just Wants Answers to Troubling Questions

The former charity supremo’s escape from answering further questions has exposed a gaping hole that now needs to be filled.
On Friday evening on the dot of 5 o’clock there was a knock on my door in Leinster House. It was a porter wheeling a trolley, stuffed with files.
“Weekend reading,” he quipped, cheerfully.
He lifted the eight heavy files, put them on a table, winked and wished me a happy weekend.
I knew immediately what had landed. It was a midsummer missile from ex-Rehab boss Angela Kerins. She was serving all 13 members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) with the evidence she believes is relevant in the case she has brought against us in the High Court.

New plutocrat joins board at State-owned AIB

Congratulations to AIB. They have pulled the stroke of the year. Last week they appointed a new chairman. Behold, the whiter than white knight on a charger anointed by the AIB board. Enter Richard Pym, the celebrated bank troubleshooter.
Richard the troubleshooter is being sold as a different kettle of fish from his disastrous predecessors.
Richard is the ideal choice for the State-owned bank. The board has dug up its dream director. He is steeped in banking experience.

Jack is Right – Greyhound’s Gone to the Dogs

There is something iffy about the Isle of Man. No doubt it is a place that offers good food and beautiful beaches, tranquillity, motorcycles and museums. The Isle is a hotspot for tourists and a welcoming residence for the idle rich. Older people, perfectly-legally, retire there to take advantage of the benign tax regime. But when you hear that shareholders in a business have decided to relocate their holdings to this tax haven, you are entitled to wonder – why do they do it?

Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams vanishes somewhere at Heathrow

You never know who you’ll meet at Dublin Airport. As I was heading to London for a rare bit of corporate hospitality with City types last week I bumped into none other than Gerry Adams, the working-class hero from Belfast.
Gerry and I are not bosom friends but we were impeccably polite. He even went so far as to offer me a lift into London if we were on the same plane. He was being met at Heathrow, as he was over to meet… er, David Cameron.
As I was certain that he did not mean it, I accepted his offer on the spot.
No doubt he had gambled that I was heading for Gatwick. Nevertheless he vanished.

Two Dinosaurs Together in the Death Throes

FANCY a bit of coffin dancing? Two of the most conservative forces in Ireland are tottering at the edge.
I shed few tears for the decline of Ireland’s biggest trade union, Siptu – but the covert pleasure at its impotence compares nothing with the joy that thunders through my veins when I sense the mortal, self-inflicted wounds being endured by its rival, employers’ group Ibec.