Wednesday 24 January 2018

This Government no better than others at tackling banks

People are moving on from the past and are more interested in seeing manners put on banks right now, says Brendan O'Connor

Brendan McDonagh
Brendan McDonagh
Dermot Gleeson
David Duffy
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

It is convenient isn't it? That the Banking Inquiry ramped up a bit last week and gave us some real juice. It is convenient that memorable images came out of it. It is convenient that the idea of Brendan McDonagh, the state's banker, sitting watching the world collapse on TV while our leaders, without deigning to tell him what was going on signed away our lives in the next room, captured the public imagination the way it did, as we watch another Government in thrall to the banks.

When all else fails, it is always good to give people a bit of soap opera from a night that we can tend to obsess over in our post-traumatic stress disorder.

It is a night we have been taken through time and time again, the way a PTSD victim replays over and over again the source of their trauma. By now, we have heard it from several angles. But McDonagh gave it to us from a different perspective, a new camera angle, which will go down with Lenihan chomping garlic in David McWilliams's house as one of the stand-out images from the lore of those dark months when the country teetered on the brink.

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