Sunday 24 September 2017

The dirty dozen: the 12 men who together destroyed our economy

As the Budget looms, Ronald Quinlan profiles the key players who brought Ireland to its knees

THE MAN WE LOVE TO HATE: Sean FitzPatrick on the first
fairway of Druid's Glen Golf Club, Kilcoole, Co Wicklow
THE MAN WE LOVE TO HATE: Sean FitzPatrick on the first fairway of Druid's Glen Golf Club, Kilcoole, Co Wicklow

THE blame game used to be easy. For every one of our economic ills, we had Sean FitzPatrick to blame.

Three years on from the night of the now-infamous bank guarantee and with Ireland's economic sovereignty surrendered to the EU and the IMF, however, the opprobrium once heaped solely on the former Anglo chairman is being shared by a growing number of our boom era elite. As the public braces itself to take the strain of another €3.8bn in cuts and taxes promised in the Budget, the Sunday Independent identifies the key players who were instrumental in bringing Ireland to its knees.

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