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Gene Kerrigan: Poor always pay in tale of two Irelands

The Reilly and Hogan fiascos show yet again that the big boys can get off scot free, writes Gene Kerrigan

Published 15/07/2012 | 05:00

Maybe I'm just a soft-hearted sucker who can't resist a sob story. Listening to James Reilly, Minister for Health, explain his little spot of bother, I found myself feeling sorry for the guy.

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I mean, you can see how it might happen. You're engaged in a bit of the oul' property speculation and the market goes pear-shaped and, well, you know how that goes.

Next thing, you and your mates owe someone almost €2m, you're being hauled into court. Ah, come on, now, says the judge, or words to that effect. Pay up or else. And you don't pay up -- for one reason or another -- and the next thing you know there's a High Court judgement against you and your name's in the papers and -- ah, sure, t'would wring a tear from a stone.

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