Monday 20 November 2017

Without Michael Fingleton, I wouldn't be living where I do

Liam Collins says he still likes the former Irish Nationwide boss, and could have told the Central Bank how 'Fingers' did business

DEAL: Michael Fingleton granted Liam Collins’ home-loan request with a wave of his hand, and charged 13pc interest
DEAL: Michael Fingleton granted Liam Collins’ home-loan request with a wave of his hand, and charged 13pc interest
Liam Collins

Liam Collins

Long before he was ever known as 'Fingers', Michael Fingleton gave great parties and I, along with many other reporters in Dublin, was an enthusiastic participant.

The annual shindig was held in the upstairs rooms of the Irish Nationwide Building Society on the corner of O'Connell Street and Eden Quay. It was a legendary booze-up interrupted occasionally by finger food and the odd brawl as hacks settled old scores and slights.

At the time, the mortgage market was dominated by the Irish Permanent Building Society and the Educational Building Society - and the old-boy network who ran them would not demean themselves by talking to reporters on a regular basis.

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