Wednesday 24 January 2018

Martina Devlin: Our worthless gesture as EU presidents will cost credibility

AN umbrella. A cuddly toy. A mobile phone case. An alarm clock. A bottle opener. A tie. A business-card holder. A deluge of pens, notepads, key rings and document wallets. Those are just some of the corporate gifts that have found their way into our house in recent times. And that's in the wake of cutbacks.

Most of this dross sails straight into the bin, gets buried in a drawer or is palmed off on someone else. Even small children turn up their noses at a teddy with an insurance company's logo across its front, unless it burps or does cartwheels.

There is only one freebie I'm glad I held on to: an Anglo Irish Bank baseball cap. It can't be worn in daylight, which limits its usefulness, but since the bank has cost the State almost €30bn I feel entitled to something for nothing.

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