Saturday 29 April 2017

Woman who warned on house prices will be inquiry's star turn

New finance chief was among senior officials who ignored whistle-blower's warnings about impending crash

VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS: Marie Mackle whose house-price warnings in 2005 and 2006 were ignored. Photo: David Conachy
VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS: Marie Mackle whose house-price warnings in 2005 and 2006 were ignored. Photo: David Conachy
Daniel McConnell

Daniel McConnell

She was a lone voice at the heart of the Department of Finance, warning about the dangers of the overheating property market, but those warnings were ignored.

She now no longer works at the department, but one of those who strove to keep her warnings quiet has just become Michael Noonan's most senior official.

In April 2012, the Sunday Independent introduced the name of Marie Mackle to the country as the whistle-blower who had sought to alert the powers that be, including then minister Brian Cowen, about how the crash was coming.

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