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After the madness of the year gone by, surely 2009 can’t be as controversial. Then again . . .

3rd January, 2009

So, 2008, then. The year we learned that our banking system is rock solid, bricks and mortar are invariably safe investments, and your local bank is always good for a loan - but only if you happen to be one of its directors.

We learned that Harvey Norman, Habitat and half the population of Warsaw were sorry they ever came here, and that the directors of Fás were intent on getting the hell away, whatever the...

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