Saturday 27 May 2017

Grandeur of Great Hall the wrong room in which to hear the Gospel according to Trichet

Jean-Claude Trichet, former president of the European Central Bank, answers questions from members of the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry committee at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham
Jean-Claude Trichet, former president of the European Central Bank, answers questions from members of the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry committee at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham
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They picked the wrong room in which to hear the Gospel according to Jean-Claude Trichet (or JC to his pals).

Although the top brass of various Irish banks have been obliged to slum it in the Spartan surrounds of Committee Room 1 in Leinster House where the Banking Inquiry is based, the whole kit and caboodle decamped to the Great Hall in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, where the former boss of the European Central Bank (ECB) had graciously agreed to address the grateful populace on how the beneficence and wisdom of the ECB had snatched the collective backsides of the feckless Paddies out of the fire.

But despite the grandeur of the Great Hall (though there was grim irony in the fact that glaring down from every wall in the room were stern portraits of bewigged poobahs who ran Ireland before we were a sovereign nation) the ‘interaction’ with Monsieur Trichet should have taken place in the Baroque Chapel across the corridor.

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