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    Noonan grandstanding on quicksands of growth

    Everybody is utterly turned off by Ireland’s Fiscal Advisory Council (FAC). You are. I am. The Government that appointed it obviously deeply regrets its very existence. It is the party pooper, constantly spoiling the Coalition’s tall tales of a national recovery.

    Ansbacker Returns to Haunt Official Ireland

    Give us a break. Stifle the phoney outrage. We all knew that certain Fianna Fail TDs were as crooked as bent nails in the Sixties and Seventies.

    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.

    I don’t know about art – but I know what I like

    God knows why John McNulty was so eager to be a member of the board of IMMA. The quango – grandly dubbed the Irish Museum of Modern Art – is hardly the obvious place for a man who describes himself as a “businessman”.
    Indeed, IMMA is a bit of mystery.

    High price to pay in fees for advisers who never advise

    So you never understood why Davy bought bits of the battered Bloxhams?
    Why would a blue -blooded stockbroker buy a bundle of trouble? Well, back in 2012, Bloxhams went bust. Davy, the big beast of the Irish stock market, picked the juicy bits off the corpse.

    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.

    We’re in dangerous territory as Dail’s most powerful cabal keeps its secrets

    The most powerful Dail committee always sits in secret. Decisions are handed down to the Dail, where necessary, but otherwise no whisper of its activities is meant to reach the outside world.

    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.

    How Much Longer Can Politicians Hide Behind Their Civil Servants?

    Was Brian Purcell, secretary of the Department of Justice, emissary or executioner?
    From the moment that Purcell rang Martin Callinan’s front door bell last Monday night, the Garda Commissioner was a dead man walking. And Callinan must have known his fate the second he saw the face of the official in the hallway.