Saturday 25 November 2017

Gene Kerrigan: When John Bruton and his peers speak, we really ought to pay attention to their ideas

Illustration: Tom Coogan
Illustration: Tom Coogan

It's not what you want to find yourself doing at this stage of a person's life - defending John Bruton. But someone's got to do it. Guess who got the short straw?

Last week, this newspaper published a story about an informal speech Mr Bruton made in 2013 in New York. It got a bit of reaction. Not entirely favourable to Mr Bruton's point of view.

There were comments made about his pension and his hard neck, but that's missing the point. The point is that we should be aware that people connected with politics and banking and law and big business gather in plush rooms - as they are entitled to do - and discuss how they see the future.

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