Former MP’s book blames O’Reilly for collapse of Waterford Wedgwood

Tristram Hunt writes that the ‘buccaneering ex-Irish rugby player’ failed to understand the location-based story of the dual brand

26th September, 2021
Former MP’s book blames O’Reilly for collapse of Waterford Wedgwood
Tony O’Reilly “poured millions in personal investment” into Waterford Wedgewood, along with his brother-in-law. Picture: Getty

The former tycoon Tony O’Reilly’s involvement with the Waterford Wedgwood group from the early 1990s up to the company’s collapse into receivership in 2009 has been described as a “period of grave mismanagement” in a new book by Tristram Hunt, a former British Labour Party MP.

Hunt, who is a former MP for Stoke-on-Trent, where Wedgwood china was founded, heavily criticises O’Reilly in the book, and accuses the...

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