Shane Ross: Don't mention the D word
BRIAN Lenihan must be rueing the day that he appointed Alan Dukes as chairman of Anglo Irish Bank.
At the time it seemed like another stroke. There was Alan, vice president of Fine Gael, being entrusted with the most delicate job in the banking sector. It was also one of the best-paid, at €250,000 per year.
No cronyism here. An old blueshirt had taken the banker's shilling from a soldier of destiny. Poor Alan already receives a ministerial pension of €100,000 a year, so is limited to a mere €150,000 from Anglo.