Monday 20 November 2017

Physically exhausted, mentally drained, deprived of sleep and with huge bags under his eyes, Lenihan laid out his and the Government's €400bn guarantee of Irish bank deposits and loans which had been drawn up and agreed to only hours before. "It's time for action, swift and decisive," he said as he attempted to impose a sense of calm on a frenetic situation.

Bemused journalists struggled to grasp the enormity of what he was talking about.

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