Sam Smyth: Huge investment in Ireland can't be counted in dollars
Published 23/05/2011 | 05:00
WHATEVER other bounty US President Barack Obama brings with him this morning, or whatever wealth of memories he leaves behind tomorrow, there will be no money from America.
The president will not be carrying an open chequebook on his whistle-stop Irish visit, nor will the belly of Air Force One bulge with gold bullion when it touches down.
He doesn't have the authority to do bailouts, even for countries with an umbilical link to his mother -- and when it comes to charity, Kenya, his father's homeland, has a better argument.