Friday 19 January 2018

Cooper gets a kick out of Drumm attack

Former Anglo CEO David Drumm
Former Anglo CEO David Drumm
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

BROADCASTER Matt Cooper has described his "amusement" after David Drumm launched an expletive-laden rant against him in one of the Anglo Tapes.

The hugely respected columnist was personally singled out by the shamed banker during a recorded conversation between Mr Drumm and another senior Anglo banker, John Bowe, in September 2008.

Mr Drumm was critical of an article which appeared in the 'Sunday Times' in June 2008, months in advance of the bank guarantee.

At the time, Mr Cooper wrote: "It doesn't help when David Drumm, the Anglo Irish Bank boss who was paid €5.9m last year, says that the Irish people are realistic and would tighten their belts when they had to.

"Remember the hypocrisy of Charlie Haughey, the former Taoiseach, as he told people they were living beyond their means and needed to rein themselves in?"

Speaking on 'The Last Word' on Today FM, Mr Cooper said it had come as a shock to learn that his name had featured on one of the recordings.

"One of the things which came to my amusement over the weekend was when I got a phone call on Saturday from Tom Lyons to say that I will be featuring in the 'Sunday Independent' because of my presence on the tapes. I thought 'hang on, did I ever ring in to Anglo Irish Bank and have a conversation with anyone that could have been taped?'.

"It wasn't a conversation that I had, it was that I was the subject of a conversation."

Irish Independent

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