Saturday 3 December 2016

Shane Ross: How a quango fooled the nation

Shane Ross

Published 06/01/2013 | 05:00

Dear Hugh, You guys never lost it. God bless you and your Fianna Fail connections. Last Thursday your little orphan, Enterprise Ireland, pulled a stroke that would have left your pals in the soldiers of destiny salivating. Enterprise Ireland shot out an end-of-year statement that fooled the nation.

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News was short last week. The media was struggling for the smallest scrap. During these fallow periods fantasies become fact. Your favourite agency, that great misnomer of the public service, Enterprise Ireland (EI), satisfied their appetite. You dished up a diet of "good news" that the hungry hacks swallowed hook, line and sinker.

So upbeat were the reports that an innocent observer could be forgiven for believing that EI was on the point of singlehandedly solving our unemployment problem.

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