Thursday 8 December 2016

What's in a phrase?

Published 04/10/2015 | 02:30

Johnny Ronan apologised for the remark
Johnny Ronan apologised for the remark

When it comes to that strange breed known as Irish developers, modesty and a dash of humility aren't traits which immediately spring to mind. Instead, there are numerous other, more colourful, words which both the lawyers and basic decency preclude me from mentioning here.

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Johnny Ronan really set the bar high for future bad behaviour with his use of 'Arbeit Macht Frei' in relation to his treatment by Nama.

It was easy to understand Alan Shatter's fury at the appropriation of perhaps the most chilling phrase in any language, but he was wrong to call for it to be completely removed.

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