Monday 24 July 2017

Lise Hand: We're now reduced to flogging the family silver to pay off loan-sharks

Lise Hand

Lise Hand

Colm McCarthy, aka An Fear Strip, walked past Anglo Irish Bank on Stephen's Green yesterday as the shiny silver letters over the door were being removed one by one in front of a small but appreciative crowd.

In a sense the economist is the complete antithesis of everything that the ruined bank stood for -- he's pragmatic, plain-speaking, low-key, has a disregard for the status quo and also an abiding suspicion of any displays of glitz or hubris.

And so the launch of his group's new report yesterday took place in the resolutely modest surroundings of a small, windowless room in Buswells hotel.

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