No done deal in sight for Finance replacement
WITH speculation about who will replace John Moran, right, at the top of Department of Finance rife, assistant general secretary Neil Ryan was keen to knock any possible rumours of a done deal on the head.
The investment banker turned civil servant (now where have we heard that before) was introduced as John Moran's replacement at a banking conference in Dublin, but quickly went out of his way to clarify things. Ryan explained that he was standing in for his (still) boss at the event, and assuredly "not replacing John Moran".
On paper the two are cut from similar cloth. Both joined the Civil Service post-crash from the private sector, though they are very different. Ryan comes across as very much a nuts and bolts man, while John Moran is very much the blue skies thinker.
Normally Patrick Kennedy at Paddy Power would be the first port of call for odds on a race like this. Come to think of it, the online gambling supremo himself could be in the running, after announcing his own decision to step down this week. After all, he knows his way around the numbers.