Sunday 20 May 2018

Fionnan Sheahan: Rivals cash in on Cowen's time as Finance Minister

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

Brian Cowen says he understands the public perception. Brian Cowen says it's important to have public support for the Government's economic and banking strategy. Brian Cowen says he can't legally prevent a €1.5m pension top-up being paid on behalf of the chief executive of a bank, which has received €3.5bn from the taxpayer.

Perhaps, but the Taoiseach could have made a greater effort to reflect the public anger emanating as a result of the latest example of the glaring gap between the elite at the top and the little people.

Cowen said yesterday that "obviously it would help in public perception terms" if Bank of Ireland chief executive Richie Boucher returned his pension top-up.

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