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Shane Ross: AIB wimps and cute hoors

Shane Ross

Published 02/05/2010 | 05:00

Last Wednesday I set out for the AIB agm. The shareholders were mostly the usual pensioners, battered by the hardship inflicted on them by the bank they once trusted.

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Nothing had changed on Wednesday, although AIB chairman Dan O'Connor is far softer on the surface than his predecessor Dermot Gleeson. First he listens with concern to the small shareholders. Then he rams the resolutions down their throats with his proxies.

O'Connor is one of the dullest wimps ever to hit the banking world. Shareholder challenges to Dan remind me of Joe Higgins' famous description of his jousts with Bertie Ahern as "playing handball against a haystack".

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