Lise Hand: How women can prevent us from being manhandled again
Published 09/03/2010 | 05:00
THESE days, behind every set of newsmaking initials -- AIB, BOI, FAS, NAMA and the DDDA for example -- stand lots and lots of men.
Pinstriped bank executives who gave away the shop and who were handed their hats and huge bye-bye pay-offs; high-rolling FAS bigwigs making like Donald Trump on the taxpayers' dime; globe-trotting Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) chiefs (and oh look, Anglo Irish Bank's former overlord Seanie FitzPatrick pops up in that story too); swaggering property supremos who spent like drunken sailors on shore-leave and are now being shanghaied into NAMA; intractable trade union chiefs currently banging the war drums of industrial strife.
They are all, almost to a man, men. In fact, in among the usual well-fed suspects, one of the few women whose name frequently pops up in relation to these dispiriting tales of profligacy, is that of the redoubtable Professor Niamh Brennan, who was appointed chairman of the DDDA and is busily kicking ass in that dreadful imbroglio.