Opinion Comment

Thursday 14 December 2017

Enda's story about the Army at bank machines doesn't seem so funny anymore

'Will the Army be needed to protect not just the ATMs, but also the shopkeepers, the taxi drivers and the rest of us law-abiding citizens?' Stock Image
'Will the Army be needed to protect not just the ATMs, but also the shopkeepers, the taxi drivers and the rest of us law-abiding citizens?' Stock Image
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Remember the time Enda Kenny told the story about having to put the Army around the banks? It was one of those embarrassing moments on the international stage where the Taoiseach got caught out hyping up Ireland's tale of recovery.

He told an audience in Madrid that in 2011 the then Central Bank Governor Patrick Honohan rang him to say: "It looks like this weekend ... you'll have to put Army around the banks and around the ATM machines…"

Of course, that never happened and even if it was discussed, many people took grave insult at the idea of Mr Kenny suggesting the hard-working people who suffered years of austerity were on the verge of civil unrest.

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