It was interesting and appropriate to hear last Friday that the FAI are going to slim down their travelling parties for away matches. We have heard in the past that the “suits” travelled at the front of the plane with the team left in the back. Less non-essential personnel can only make sense and let’s hope that this (small) first step is indicative of a new approach.
SO the country’s going down the tubes, we should default on the national debt, we’re seeing news items about the Irish illegal immigrants in the Big Apple, and now, just to confirm that we’ve entered a time warp back to the 1980s, another abortion row, followed by another call for a referendum.
FINE GAEL deputy Leo Varadkar informs us on his website: “I had forgotten how fortunate I am to live in a country with a temperate climate, fertile land, functioning institutions, a productive economy, reasonably well-run public services and politicians who, despite their many flaws, are motivated more by patriotism and community than by self-interest.”
A RETIRED National Irish Bank regional manager has told the High Court it never crossed his mind to consider, when bogus non-resident accounts were identified as existing within National Irish Bank branches in the 1990s, that DIRT should have been deducted from the accounts and paid to the Revenue Commissioners.
THE main perpetrators of wrongdoing relating to bogus non-resident accounts in National Irish Bank in the 1990s were certain branch managers, including maverick managers, and it was incredible that the inspectors who investigated NIB did not hold them responsible in some manner, a retired NIB regional manager has told the High Court.