Wednesday 7 December 2016

Why didn't Brian swing at Anglo boys as the economy went into a bunker?

Published 09/07/2015 | 02:30

Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen arrives at Leinster House, Dublin, to give evidence at the Oireachtas banking inquiry
Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen arrives at Leinster House, Dublin, to give evidence at the Oireachtas banking inquiry

It's the curious case of the incurious Cowen.

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This case centres on a Taoiseach, who in July 2008 at the very point when the whole economic house of cards had begun to sway wildly, turned up for a game of golf with a group of Anglo bankers, and there was no conversation at all about what the hell was going on in an institution which was already in the wars.

Brian Cowen was being quizzed by Pearse Doherty about the infamous outing in Druid's Glen with the starry likes of Anglo chairman Seanie FitzPatrick and sundry poohbahs from the bank. By this stage, piles of weeds were blowing into Seanie's rosey garden - Anglo's shares were on the slide, and concerns were mounting in financial and political circles over the extent of Sean Quinn's business with the bank.

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