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Tim Pat Coogan: Poking through legacy of 'greed is good' creed, in ashes of Bank Inquiry

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Actor Michael Douglas who immortalised the “greed is good” creed as Gordon Gekko in ‘Wall Street’

Actor Michael Douglas who immortalised the “greed is good” creed as Gordon Gekko in ‘Wall Street’

Actor Michael Douglas who immortalised the “greed is good” creed as Gordon Gekko in ‘Wall Street’

The Banking Inquiry saga and some related events have borne out the truth of Bernard Shaw's pronouncement that a Government Commission reminded him of a man going to the lavatory: "It sits. For a time nothing is heard. Then there is a loud report and ... the matter is dropped."

The Government was fully aware of its limitations when it set it up. Soon after taking office it held, and lost, a poorly fought referendum to change the Constitution so that Dáil committees could investigate scandals to some purpose, making recommendations as to fact, with a view to holding those responsible accountable for their actions.


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