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Martina Devlin: The sheer unadulterated avarice of the Drumms

Published 21/10/2010 | 05:00

While taxpayers at home have been left high and dry David and Lorraine Drumm have begun a new life in the United States
While taxpayers at home have been left high and dry David and Lorraine Drumm have begun a new life in the United States

Remember back when greed was a vice? It used to be blacklisted as one of the seven deadly sins. Then greed became chic for a while, during the braggart years, until the new austerity pushed it out of fashion.

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But it remains a welcome guest in the well-appointed, if unprincipled, domain inhabited by David Drumm. In his universe, greed is thriving. On his instructions, greed reached over from Cape Cod to attempt a snatch and grab from the Irish State.

For the past year, Drumm has been using the law in an attempt to make an ass out of the taxpayer. Shoddy behaviour, but it's legal. Greed, of course, is lacking in conscience and has a warped sense of entitlement. So no surprises there.

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