Thursday 8 December 2016

A special place for the bankers

Published 15/11/2011 | 05:00

Most of us would place the banks next to the Fianna Fail-Green government in the list of those culpable for our economic catastrophe.

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But whereas Fianna Fail and its partners got their just rewards with their near-annihilation at the polls last February, the banks have continued to flourish amid the devastation to which they contributed so much.

On a fateful night in September 2008, the cry "save the banks!" was raised. It was obeyed -- to the letter. In the first draft of the then-government's response, the attempted rescue package actually included Anglo Irish, sometimes described as the worst bank in the world.

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