Thursday 8 December 2016

Banking inquiry set to be political show trial

Shane Ross

Published 04/05/2014 | 02:30

Former Financial Regulator Patrick Neary in his office in 2006. He was carpeted last week by the judge in the Anglo trial. Photo: Liam Mulcahy
Former Financial Regulator Patrick Neary in his office in 2006. He was carpeted last week by the judge in the Anglo trial. Photo: Liam Mulcahy

THE deadly contest among TDs for seats on the banking inquiry is suddenly descending into the comical.

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Last week, one nameless Independent TD, a most vociferous critic of the banks, stuck out his chest. He explained to me how he himself was the perfect fit for a slot.

He had form. He had expertise. He understood more than any of those financially illiterate TDs in Leinster House how the banks worked. He knew where the bankers' bodies were buried. He would not even countenance the perception of bias.

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