John Walsh: It’s easier to point the finger than remember the lessons of the crash

The same politicians who lined up to condemn Seán FitzPatrick are keen to mirror the fiscal policies that brought the country to its knees in the Noughties, namely ramping up spending and narrowing the tax base

28th November, 2021
John Walsh: It’s easier to point the finger than remember the lessons of the crash
Assessing the life and legacy of former Anglo chief Seán FitzPatrick is not possible without looking at his role in the collapse of the banking sector

The recent death of Seán FitzPatrick, the former chief executive and chairman of Anglo Irish Bank, posed a challenge for commentators and obituary writers. There is an admirable tradition in Ireland to never speak ill of the dead, but assessing the life and legacy of FitzPatrick was not possible without looking at his role in the collapse of the banking sector.

The €30 billion taxpayer-funded bailout of Anglo Irish Bank ensured he became...

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