Bank of Ireland has resorted to calling in the ghosts. When I arrived at the Dail’s Finance Committee hearings last Wednesday, I fully expected to be spooked by the forbidding figure of Bank of Ireland boss Richie Boucher.
Boucher was there all right. Indeed, he was pontificating as I arrived, but it was the man beside him who sent me into spasms. There he sat perched on the podium, a veteran of past Oireachtas committees, a former general secretary of Fianna Fail, a senator nominated by Taoiseach Albert Reynolds, the last boss of the Irish Bankers’ Federation, the one-time communications chief at the EBS, a fully paid-up member of the banking/politics old guard, Pat Farrell.
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