Saturday 21 October 2017

The banker who blushed just a little bit when the good girls got into big trouble

Bank of Ireland Chief Executive Richie Boucher came close to a rosy glow yesterday when he was reminded of his infamous line: 'At a wild party, even good girls can get into trouble'
Bank of Ireland Chief Executive Richie Boucher came close to a rosy glow yesterday when he was reminded of his infamous line: 'At a wild party, even good girls can get into trouble'
'He mumbles and resorts to sporting terminology'
Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

What makes a banker blush? Surprisingly little, judging by Richie Boucher. Yet he came close to a rosy glow yesterday when he was reminded of his infamous line: "At a wild party, even good girls can get into trouble."

Bank of Ireland was the 'good girl' that fell into bad company, he had implied - the former Snow White who drifted. The fumbling metaphor appeared to embarrass him more than questions about why he wrote a letter in support of developer Sean Dunne to city planners, or why he was the only senior banker to survive the post-collapse purge, or references to the bonus culture or even to his salary - €843,000 last year, since you're asking. The pay cap doesn't apply to him because the bank is not a State-owned institution.

Odd, what does and doesn't cause mortification to set in. In an attempt to explain his unfortunate party girl analogy at an IBEC conference last year, he made a confession to Senator Susan O'Keeffe: he was inclined to overuse jargon, but may have gone too far in the other direction.

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