Friday 24 March 2017

Martina Devlin: Cowen saw no evil in sticky-fingered society

Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

THAT prince among men, Michael Fingleton, has made a monkey out of the taxpayer. And now Brian Cowen is presenting himself as a monkey too. But the Taoiseach is using it as a defence: he wants us to believe he was a 'hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil' monkey of a finance minister.

This week, he assured the Dail he was unaware of substandard banking practices in Irish Nationwide when he held the finance brief. I find that unconvincing, unless we are prepared to see Cowen as a feeble, hapless bumbler.

Tempting though that is, a more persuasive explanation suggests the governing class was in cahoots with Fingleton and his grubby little piggy bank. No wonder he was allowed to keep that €1m bonus. As he said himself, he knows where the bodies are buried.

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