Sunday February 16, 2020

McKenna back in the saddle

The high-profile decline of Marlborough Recruitment three years ago was one of the most colourful and bizarre episodes in Irish business life.

3rd September, 2005

In 2000, two years before the company finally imploded, Marlborough's chief executive, David McKenna, found himself an innocent participant in a surreal narrative involving an ex-Taoiseach turned deal-maker, alleged Mafia bosses, and an FBI covert operation.

Ireland's largest recruitment company was in advanced talks to take over E-Pawn, an American auctioneering website. Albert Reynolds, an unwitting advisor to the US firm, had approached McKenna about the deal and subsequently acted as chairman of E-Pawn's advisory committee...

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