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Quango veteran Des is back in his old haunts

The scene: tomorrow at the department of Public Expenditure and Reform. A meeting between Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin and ace Central Banker Des Geraghty.

Yes Ministers send themselves to the top of the class

Did you notice how Joan and Michael were trampling all over each other to hit the mikes last week?

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.

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.

Austerity Junkies are Playing out a Big €2b Charade

THE heavies are hovering. Our bailout friends are showing signs of panic. The IMF, the European Commission and our own Fiscal Advisory Council (FAC) are queuing up to warn us: triumphalism is premature.

Remedial action from the PAC is looming

Rumours were rumbling around Leinster House late on Friday: the old board of the CRC is about to give the two fingers to the Dail’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC). The departed directors know that they will be invited before the PAC this week.
Let us presume that the former governors/directors are not following the road of Rehab’s Angela Kerins and Frank Flannery. If they refuse to appear, another confrontation is looming.

Wilbur’s back for more after cleaning up at BOI

AND we thought we had seen the last of Wilbur. No such luck. Wilbur Ross has twice taken us for a ride recently. Indeed, he has become very partial to us. Imagine the yarns he spins to his rich pals back in South Carolina about Ireland – the land of suckers and easy pickings.

Labour Huffing & Puffing Changes Nothing

Stockbrokers are watching the Labour Party duel with a wry smile. They understand. Pretenders to thrones need to gild the lily. Coded messages about more spending are par for the political course. Once the Labour leadership ballot closes on July 4, the rhetoric may remain the same but little will have changed.

Joan is a bit of a loudmouth, but she has never resigned from anything. Alex is a loser, a pussycat in the middle of a muddle. It will be back to business as usual on July 5.

Coalition’s mortgage plan is bad case of deja vu

The nation’s developers are salivating. Our bankers are ecstatic. The Government is excited. House buyers are titillated. The taxpayer is being taken for another ride.
Yes, the Coalition is baiting the nation with a new bank guarantee.
Here comes money for nothing.
Bankers, developers and the Government are forming a magic triangle.
Sounds familiar? It is.