Whatever you do, do something

Michael Lauhoff, Bank of Ireland’s head of business banking growth, says 'doing nothing is the worst possible option’ for Irish businesses on Brexit

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer @whytebarry
10th September, 2017
Michael Lauhoff, head of business banking growth at Bank of Ireland Picture: Fergal Phillips

Vivion de Valera once recounted a story about how his father, who he regularly consulted for advice, had told him: “When faced with the possibility of doing something or doing nothing, it is almost always preferable to do something.”

It is a classic Dev-ism, with just enough qualification to make it almost tautologous, but given de Valera’s lifelong agonising over Anglo-Irish affairs, there is no small irony that it finds its echo in...

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