Shane Ross: Sock it to the mandarins
Brian Lenihan could do the nation a great favour before he leaves office in three weeks' time. Whatever about the woeful state of the banks' balance sheets, he still has time to clean out the Augean stable and leave behind a noble legacy.
Lenihan is not the worst offender in the political crony stakes. His colleagues in Cabinet have left observers staggering at the brazen nature of their nakedly partisan appointments to quangos as they flee the stage.
There are two vacancies to be filled on the Bank of Ireland board and half a dozen between Anglo and AIB. Lenihan could fill them all.