Sunday 26 February 2017

No offence, Ajai, but we hope we never see your like again

Lise Hand

Ajai Chopra
Ajai Chopra

Sure there's nothing like running into an old acquaintance. A familiar face you haven't seen for a while. If time permits, you can sit together and catch up on each other's news: how are things with you these days?

But then there are other familiar faces which may belong to perfectly decent individuals, but conjure up memories of a past event either best forgotten or just too painful to recall.

There was snow on the ground and ice in our souls when Ajai Chopra first arrived in Ireland, in the bitter November of 2010. The snapshot of him passing a seated beggar on a Dublin street, while en route to hammer out our €85bn bailout, bleakly captured the depth of the nation's humiliation and despair.

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