Sunday 24 September 2017

Time for Perry to stop dodging questions and provide answers

A simple "no comment" will no longer suffice for John Perry. The Minister for Small Business has batted away queries about his personal finances – from this media organisation and others – for more than a year by stonewalling and using legal threats.

That strategy succeeded for a while, but not any more, as details of his €2.5m debts and contacts with the head of state-owned AIB bank emerge.

Mr Perry's situation is typical of many who own small firms and now find themselves under unrelenting pressure from the banks as the Celtic Tiger years come back to bite them.

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