Monday 5 December 2016

The night I witnessed Anglo's macho culture in full flight

Published 02/07/2013 | 17:00

Posters in front of the part-built Anglo Irish Bank office block in Dublin’s docklands: no expense should be spared in “the most serious investigation in the history of the State”.
Posters in front of the part-built Anglo Irish Bank office block in Dublin’s docklands: no expense should be spared in “the most serious investigation in the history of the State”.

You have to be up early to get your paper these days, there was a run on copies of the Irish Independent last week. After a daily drip feed of Anglo Tapes, the public staggered around in a state of shock glued to the television and radio and hungry for more.

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Ordinary citizens, who live for the most part pre-occupied with their families and personal concerns and for whom politics and the corporate world is normally of peripheral interest, were aghast at what the tapes exposed.

There followed an unprecedented outpouring of national pain and anger even worse than at the time of the original bank collapse and bailout. Many vented their grief to the radio phone-in programmes. And it was not just a national story, there was huge global online traffic and media reaction.

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