Tuesday 23 January 2018

The man in the cap can save us from ourselves

Patrick Honohan looks more like a man going to the mart to sell a few cattle than the guy who’s in charge of all the money
Patrick Honohan looks more like a man going to the mart to sell a few cattle than the guy who’s in charge of all the money

Gerry O'Regan

Some people refer to him as "The Man With The Cap''.

Patrick Honohan, over our troubled times with banks and bailouts, has become a kind of national springboard when we ache for somebody who will console us with what sounds like assured common sense.

I remember seeing him in Dublin Airport a couple of years ago, when the mad times were at their zenith. Back then we worried if the whole place would go down the tubes because of out-of-control bankers and our own feckless ways.

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