Saturday 20 January 2018

The bankers dine with the Queen

Queen Elizabeth speaks with President Michael D Higgins during the state banquet.
Queen Elizabeth speaks with President Michael D Higgins during the state banquet.
Queen Elizabeth speaks at the state banquet
Nick Webb

Nick Webb

The bankers continue to get all of the best invitations. Former AIB and Anglo Irish Bank director Gary Kennedy was one of the guests at the state banquet thrown by the Queen for Michael D at Windsor Castle last week.

"It was Gary," his equerry told me last week. "He is chairman of Greencore, a leading company in Britain and Ireland." Greencore, of course, makes most of the sandwiches for Marks & Spencer.

Although, guests at the banquet supped on something more substantial than a falafel and spinach wrap.

Former AIB chairman and current Goldman Sachs International chairman Peter Sutherland also tucked in to the feast of halibut, tornadoes of Windsor estate beef and vanilla ice-cream bombe with Balmoral redcurrant centre.

But Gary and Suds weren't the only ones plucked from the business world by the diplomatic corps to represent Ireland at the do.

Billionaire Martin Naughton, founder of Ireland's biggest and most successful manufacturer Glen Dimplex, was also there with his wife.

RTE director general Noel Curran and his wife, and former Eurovision winner Eimear Quinn were also on the guest list, as was Mayo construction tycoon Ray O'Rourke.

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