Sunday 22 October 2017

Dramatic denials? Smoking guns? Not at this inquiry

Alan Gray
Alan Gray
Lise Hand

Lise Hand

It's probably our own fault. We giddily assumed that the public sessions of the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry were going to be like a brilliant telly box-set.

It would be filled with exciting episodes featuring smoking guns and gobsmacking revelations and dramatic denials. Penitent bankers would weep and rend their bespoke pinstripe suits over how their greed-filled financial institutions banjaxed the country. And while tucking into buckets of popcorn, a gripped nation would learn the unholy truth behind the Night of the Bank Guarantee.

It's only a wonder that as the curtain falls today on the inquiry's public hearings, that a sedated electorate doesn't rise up and demand its money back (the cost of the inquiry, that is, for there's no point in asking for a return of the €64bn poured by us into the banking black hole - we ain't never seeing that again) given that the whole shebang has fallen seriously short in the entertainment department.

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