My Take on the Troika - Paddy Cullivan
(Musician and satirist)
"That first week felt a bit like Invasion of the Body Snatchers. You had this guy (Ajai Chopra) striding purposefully down the street, pursued by photographers at every step.
"He was all-powerful and was snatching our sovereignty away although we had effectively lost our sovereignty when we joined the EEC. The troika highlighted the Irish weakness for meanness and backbiting and a failure to think collectively.