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Little people brace for yet another hit as banks off hook

Remember the Banking Inquiry? The big game changer that was set to sort out Irish bankers once and for all. It was destined to uproot the diseased banking culture. Ireland’s little people would never again be bullied. A general election was even postponed to accommodate it.

Noonan’s tour de force pulled the Banking Inquiry’s teeth

The worst wine was kept till last. The Banking Inquiry hit rock bottom. On Thursday afternoon it was Finance Minister Michael Noonan’s turn for a grilling. In reality, his appearance as a witness was teed up as a lap of honour for the Fine Gael elder statesman . And so it proved. A political triumph for the minister made a mockery of the entire exercise.

 

Fingers’ legal shield shows why inquiry is a silent farce

Michael Fingleton was in top form when he entered the Banking Inquiry at 9.30am on Wednesday. Positively pukka. He paused, smiled to the cameras and strode confidently into Leinster House. He did not quite dance a jig, but he looked like a man arriving for a board meeting of compliant Irish Nationwide directors rather than a banker about to meet his Waterloo.

 

Enda’s budget may very well be Shanghaied by China crisis

Last Tuesday, I eavesdropped on a group of TDs sipping coffee in Leinster House. As usual, the date of the election loomed large. But the talk was not the usual gossip about local politics. No mention was made of the man from Mayo. Even Micheal Martin and Gerry Adams were ignored. The latest opinion polls never featured. Instead, they spoke of Shanghai, not Shankill, of China, not Churchtown. The TDs had been spooked by the overnight stock markets. Seeing, as they do, everything in terms of their electoral fortunes, they spotted the danger. Monday’s global stock market collapses had a direct bearing on the Irish economy, the election and, most importantly, the timing of their date with destiny.

 

It’s high time that dinosaur known as Ibec became extinct

In prehistoric days, the dinosaurs were dangerous. Today’s dinosaurs are confined to museums or to the odd guest appearance in Scotland’s Loch Ness. Or to the stage.

 

Judges aren’t rotten, the appointment system is

There was a shock hook against the head in the Supreme Court 10 days ago. Normally, official Ireland might have expected the beaks on the bench to close ranks. On July 31 they confounded convention.

 

Enda’s Banking Inquiry lap of honour turns into ambush

The Banking Inquiry script has gone horribly wrong. And last Thursday it hit rock bottom.

How Bertie hammered a nail into the Inquiry’s coffin

It was box office day at the Banking Inquiry. The biggest fish of all was on the menu. Members of the Inquiry were visibly excited. A few of the TDs had crossed swords with the star witness a few years ago. A good “performance” against Bertie was essential if they were to earn their party stripes. Yet as the Inquiry does not allow bias, they were, strictly speaking, neutral participants in pursuit of the truth. So on Thursday they all left their political baggage at the door of the dungeon. And if you believe that, you believe anything.

Set up for a fall, but slugger Cowen came out fighting

Charlie McCreevy was billed as the appetiser, Brian Cowen the hors d’oeuvres and Bertie Ahern the main course. At long last, the Banking Inquiry was set to gorge itself on the Fianna Fail carcases. Earlier witnesses, like the economists, the media, the regulators and the bankers themselves, were the warm-ups. The Banking Inquiry was never about the bankers. It was always about Fianna Fail.

UPDATE GLENALBYN CONTACT DETAILS – CLICK HERE

Following our meeting on Monday night to reopen the swimming pool at Glenalbyn , as promised, I enclose:

Contact details for Stillorgan Ward Councillors and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

Let them know your views on Glenalbyn Swimming Pool!

Richard Shakespeare, Director of Environments, Environmental Department, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council- (Enable Javascript to see the email address)

Councillor Deirdre Donnelly- (Enable Javascript to see the email address)

Councillor Barry Saul- (Enable Javascript to see the email address)

Councillor Gerry Horkan- (Enable Javascript to see the email address)

Councillor Josepha Madigan- (Enable Javascript to see the email address)

Councillor Liam Dockery- (Enable Javascript to see the email address)