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‘Prior to his death it was Brian Lenihan’s belief that the letters sent to him from the President of the European Central Bank, Jean-Claude Trichet, would vindicate him in the minds of the Irish people. They would explain his role in the 2010 bailout and the pressures he was put under.

He held back from publishing them for honourable reasons, saying that he was reluctant to release them during a period when Michael Noonan was negotiating for a reduction in the interest rate. He explained to those close to him: “It might affect what they (the present government) are trying to do in Europe. So, I won’t let them out.”

I have it on good authority that the Jean-Claude Trichet letters were in French. Brian Lenihan is said to have kept them at home in a plastic bag, so sensitive were they in terms not just of Trichet’s intense pressure on him, but also because of his isolation within his own government and the failure of other ministers to read the crisis correctly, or to act in the national interest, defending Irish sovereignty instead of giving in to Trichet’s threats, threats that were exercised on behalf of European banking and certainly not in the Irish national interest.

There was a betrayal of Lenihan by his own colleagues leading to his failure in the biggest test of his life. He suffered undeserved ignominy at home and in face of the clear duplicity of Europe, not just represented by Trichet but by Olli Rehn and others whose concern was to salvage European banking, a never-ending, extravagant and failed process that has brought Europe to its financial knees.’

Read Bruce Arnold’s full column, only in the print edition of the Irish Independent

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