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Shane Ross: Great White Hope fails test

Shane Ross

Published 10/06/2012 | 05:00

IT CAME FROM PLANET FINANCE! New secretary-general at Finance John Moran and his predecessor Kevin Cardiff
IT CAME FROM PLANET FINANCE! New secretary-general at Finance John Moran and his predecessor Kevin Cardiff

THE Great White Hope from Planet Finance arrived before the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday morning.

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Flanked by half a dozen mandarins, John Moran, successor to the unlamented Kevin Cardiff at the top of Planet Finance tells a good story about the new-look department.

John is the focus of great interest. Partly because he spent three years running a juice bar in the French Languedoc. Partly because he is an ex-banker. And partly because he has a sense of humour -- a quality that seemed totally alien to his predecessor. The dour Kevin Cardiff is now safely embedded in Europe, far away from the carnage he helped to create in Dublin.

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