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It is surprising that David Begg, who was on the board of the Central Bank and chair of the Audit Committee, is not being called to the banking inquiry.
Begg was on the board representing the considerable constituency of the trade unions and the working class. He was appointed to the board of the Central Bank in 1995, in his role as general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, and remained until 2010. To hear what he learned from his position inside the Central Bank is essential to the inquiry. His priorities, before and after the crash, should be of a different nature to that of banking professionals and politicians, and could provide an overview of events from the point of view of workers who bore the consequences of the bailout.
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