Friday 23 March 2018

Gene Kerrigan: Poor always pay in tale of two Irelands

The Reilly and Hogan fiascos show yet again that the big boys can get off scot free, writes Gene Kerrigan

Maybe I'm just a soft-hearted sucker who can't resist a sob story. Listening to James Reilly, Minister for Health, explain his little spot of bother, I found myself feeling sorry for the guy.

I mean, you can see how it might happen. You're engaged in a bit of the oul' property speculation and the market goes pear-shaped and, well, you know how that goes.

Next thing, you and your mates owe someone almost €2m, you're being hauled into court. Ah, come on, now, says the judge, or words to that effect. Pay up or else. And you don't pay up -- for one reason or another -- and the next thing you know there's a High Court judgement against you and your name's in the papers and -- ah, sure, t'would wring a tear from a stone.

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