Thursday 18 January 2018

'There is no point asking who spilled the milk. Let's just not spill it again'

Former Secretary General John Moran talks about life in the south of France and his moral duty to warn against public pay strikes

REFLECTION: John Moran pictured in Dublin last week. Photo: Steve Humphreys
REFLECTION: John Moran pictured in Dublin last week. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Niamh Horan

Niamh Horan

In the small, picturesque town of Cordes-sur-Ciel in the south of France, the Department of Finance's former secretary general, John Moran, can be found working hard on his project of passion: the restoration of a 13th-century house.

On misty mornings the walled medieval city appears to float above the sky - a secluded paradise - the perfect escape from the Irish economy and the stress of managing it.

So why has the man credited with steering Ireland out of recession returned to the spotlight to risk anger in warning against the increasing pay demands of public sector workers? When we meet in Dublin's Central Hotel on Thursday evening, he appears a younger, fresher version of himself. In his own words: "I don't do stress."

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