Hopes that Banking Inquiry would be a major exposé were just pie-in-the-sky
The Banking Inquiry is limping badly towards the finish. It's down two men (one might be regarded as a misfortune, two seems careless); the remaining nine can't agree an executive summary; and members are said to be "unhappy" with some "poor findings".
Never can the advance publicity for the report of a major inquiry have been so underwhelming. 'It's not going to be very good, but at least we'll get it done' seems to be the message coming from the bowels of Leinster House 2000, where the Inquiry team effectively set up camp in recent days.
That a report will be completed at all should be of some small comfort. Failure to do so would have brought the whole Oireachtas into disrepute, just weeks before a general election. That would have been hugely damaging.