Sunday 21 January 2018

'Masters of the Universe' come calling to tell us all that they are sorry​

Brendan McDonagh with the late Brian Lenihan (left)
Brendan McDonagh with the late Brian Lenihan (left)

Gerard O'Regan

There was a time when Dermot Gleeson seemed a bit like a Master of the Universe when viewed by more ordinary mortals - respected by friend and foe alike for his razor sharp intelligence and ability to often emerge as top dog, whether it be in the legal or the business world.

The genial-speaking Corkman comes from a high-flying family of legal eagles. His father was a Circuit Court judge, and during his own career as a barrister he appeared in various high-profile cases, culminating in a period as Attorney General in the 1990s.

His perceived intellectual ability to see around corners did not go unnoticed in the business world. Eventually he was lured into taking one of the top corporate gigs in the country, when he became Chairman of AIB, between 2003 and 2009.

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