Saturday 10 December 2016

The banking bromance with no happy ending

Published 07/05/2015 | 02:30

Brian O'Donnell arriving at the Banking Inquiry at Leinster House
Brian O'Donnell arriving at the Banking Inquiry at Leinster House

There were two oh-so familiar faces hanging about outside committee room 1, waiting for the doors of the banking inquiry to open.

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It's quite the bromance which has developed between the odd couple of retired solicitor Brian O'Donnell, formerly of Gorse Hill, and Jerry Beades, of the self-styled New Land League, since they bonded in battle against Bank of Ireland over the Killiney mansion, and over a mutual enthusiasm for surfing the recent tsunami of publicity to progress their cause.

They were in Leinster House to listen to the evidence of O'Donnell's banking bête noir Richie Boucher, chief of Bank of Ireland. But there was to be no repeat of the embattled ex-multi-millionaire's attention-seeking stunt at the bank's EGM last week when he presented the BoI boss with the keys to his just-repossessed property.

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