Tuesday 24 April 2018

Francesca has the last laugh about the not-so-sweet tweet

Dublin Chamber president Anne O’Leary and Francesca McDonagh, CEO, Bank of Ireland
Dublin Chamber president Anne O’Leary and Francesca McDonagh, CEO, Bank of Ireland
Samantha McCaughren

Samantha McCaughren

It can take a while to get used to Irish humour. Bank of Ireland CEO Francesca McDonagh (43) found this out when she saw a tweet she thought complimented her relative youth.

"She looks like she has saved her Communion money," wrote the tweeter, which pleased McDonagh no end until some local staff informed the new boss what it actually meant. The anecdote went down a storm at the annual dinner of the Dublin Chamber last Thursday where McDonagh gave her maiden address to the capital's mostly male business titans.

"I've never shared a stage with so many women," quipped McDonagh, one of three women - along with new chamber president (and Vodafone boss) Anne O'Leary and chamber CEO Mary Rose Burke - to address the gathering.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, the keynote at last year's dinner when he was a mere social protection minister, had a few quips of his own. Did he expect to be back again so soon? "Well I kind of did a little bit," said Varadkar who had the last laugh on his critics.

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