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Own goal. . . Muslim help. . . FF folly. . . Generosity

REPORTER Emmet Oliver describes Dermot Gleeson, ex-AIB chairman, as a pivotal figure in the banking crisis (Irish Independent, January 20). He then states, "due to the scale of the global financial crisis, Mr Gleeson found himself drawing the ire of AIB shareholders".

There was no global crisis in Ireland, it was an internal disaster due to tax breaks and the Irish banks' insane loans.

michael walsh

mallow, co cork

  • IT might surprise Kevin Myers to hear that among the first to arrive in Haiti after the disaster was a team from Gift of the Givers, a South African Muslim organisation.


Durban, South Africa

  • REFERRING to the air traffic controllers, Transport Minister Noel Dempsey has proclaimed his intention to intervene if "these highly-paid people" were damaging the national economy. It's a pity that he did not adopt the same attitude when even more highly paid people in banking and in his own government were bringing the country to the brink of bankruptcy.

A Leavy

Sutton, Dublin 13

  • IS it any wonder the voters can't trust Fianna Fail?

They have had to be dragged by public opinion into holding an inquiry into the banking crisis. Now they want it in private, which amounts to a two-finger salute to the ordinary citizens who, without choice, are bailing the same banks out.

Peter O'Dowd


  • THE extraordinary generosity of the Irish never ceases to surprise. Well in excess of €1m has poured into GOAL since the earthquake devastated Haiti. In addition, hundreds of individuals have volunteered their services to join the GOALie team on the ground there.

John O'Shea, GOAL

Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin

Irish Independent