Thursday 29 June 2017

Brendan O'Connor: The trouble with Harry is that we, too, should be allowed to move on

Smart people everywhere are trapped by their debt while the Harry Crosbies are let keep going. Why, asks Brendan O'Connor

THERE are times when even us know-alls who work in the media have to just throw our hands up and admit that we don't understand what the hell is going on in this country anymore.

Nama came out fighting last week in its case against Treasury Holdings and I see even Alan Ahearne came out fighting for them in a woolly and badly argued piece in the Irish Independent on Friday. But as an ordinary punter I still find the whole Nama thing baffling any time I set my mind to it.

For example, I read in The Irish Times the other day that Harry Crosbie has submitted a proposal to turn the 303-year-old Market House in Gorey, Co Wexford, into a concert venue known as Vicar Street South. Apparently Harry has a house in the area, and he was approached by members of the council for advice on the building's use as a public space. And so there will be a potential investment of a million and the creation of a 1,000-seater venue, a sister to Harry's successful Vicar Street in Dublin.

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