Friday 24 February 2017

My infamous and illustrious gallery for the year that was

Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

Enda Kenny won the Tell tale of the year award
Enda Kenny won the Tell tale of the year award

With the door slammed firmly on 2015, we might acknowledge the outstanding contributions of our betters in the rarefied worlds of politics, media, business and sport. My awards are random and indiscriminate and seek to cut through the contrived self-regarding clap-trap while recognising worthy work.

Politician of the year: Willie Penrose deserves the nod for his dogged perseverance in reforming personal insolvency law by reducing the bankruptcy discharge period to just one year.

He persevered despite Cabinet disinterest in butting heads with bankers and civil servants. Willie won through eventually. Junior Minister Simon Harris deserves mention for his persistence in his ascent of the greasy pole.

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