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Don't bank on this lot to come clean on their own

'The information given by banks did not turn out to be the reality," Brendan McDonagh, the chief executive of the National Asset Management Agency (Nama), said last week as he explained the workings of his agency to an Oireachtas committee.

McDonagh chose his words carefully. He did not call the banks liars or cheats -- he said that "a lack of awareness and denial . . . was prevalent" -- but the implication was clear: Ireland's bankers, who remain in business because the State saved them from collapse, have lied to the government and its agencies from the very beginning of this financial crisis and they have kept lying all the way through.

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