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Writer Marie Heaney, Social and Family Affairs Minister Mary Hanafin and RTE presenter Miriam O'Callaghan at an event in aid of An Cosan in Dublin

Writer Marie Heaney, Social and Family Affairs Minister Mary Hanafin and RTE presenter Miriam O'Callaghan at an event in aid of An Cosan in Dublin

Wendy Dwyer of the Irish Sopranos at the International Women's Day celebrations in Cork City Hall yesterday

Wendy Dwyer of the Irish Sopranos at the International Women's Day celebrations in Cork City Hall yesterday

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Writer Marie Heaney, Social and Family Affairs Minister Mary Hanafin and RTE presenter Miriam O'Callaghan at an event in aid of An Cosan in Dublin

THESE days, behind every set of newsmaking initials -- AIB, BOI, FAS, NAMA and the DDDA for example -- stand lots and lots of men.

Pinstriped bank executives who gave away the shop and who were handed their hats and huge bye-bye pay-offs; high-rolling FAS bigwigs making like Donald Trump on the taxpayers' dime; globe-trotting Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) chiefs (and oh look, Anglo Irish Bank's former overlord Seanie FitzPatrick pops up in that story too); swaggering property supremos who spent like drunken sailors on shore-leave and are now being shanghaied into NAMA; intractable trade union chiefs currently banging the war drums of industrial strife.


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