Wednesday 26 April 2017

Financial eunuchs have bottled it

BIG HITTERS: clockwise from top left, Galen Weston, John Grayken, Ellis Short, David Bonderman, Martin Broughton and Denis O’Brien
BIG HITTERS: clockwise from top left, Galen Weston, John Grayken, Ellis Short, David Bonderman, Martin Broughton and Denis O’Brien

Shane Ross

WHAT a wonderful week for flying under the radar. The puff piece about Ireland in Forbes magazine, the Central Remedial Clinic funding row and the puzzle about whether Des Peelo, friend of Haughey and Bertie Ahern, was really a member of Fine Gael, all provided glorious diversions. Far more important events were buried.

On Thursday, we sat back in wonder as RTE led with the Forbes fable. That little balloon was properly pricked by Richard Boyd Barrett in the Dail when he pointed out that Ireland was a wonderful world for invading investors, but not so pleasant for its suffering citizens.

The confusing claim from poor Peelo, the accountant from the Haughey-Boland stable, that he had been a lifelong member of Fine Gael was torpedoed by the party itself. They had scoured their records back for two decades and could not find Peelo's name anywhere.

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