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Charlie McCreevy has convinced himself everything was fine when he left Department of Finance

Published 02/07/2015 | 02:30

Pearse Doherty questions Charlie McCreevy at the inquiry yesterday
Pearse Doherty questions Charlie McCreevy at the inquiry yesterday

There was a certain symmetry about the timing of the appearance of former finance minister Charlie McCreevy at the Banking Inquiry this week given developments further south in Greece.

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As if in a nod to Greek events, Mr McCreevy's hubris was evident from early on at the inquiry.

He was finance minister from 1997 to 2004 in joint Fianna Fáil/Progressive Democrat governments and many of his tax incentives and property relief policies have been widely accepted as ones that fuelled the boom, bubble and subsequent bust.

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