Banking inquiry week 13: Inquiry reveals the extraordinary consequences of ordinary decisions

Banking inquiry week 13: Inquiry reveals the extraordinary consequences of ordinary decisions

Donal Forde’s testimony at the banking inquiry last week was a disorienting mix of the ordinary and the surreal

Donal Forde looked ordinary enough. This mild-mannered, middle-aged man wore a mundane navy suit with a blue speckled tie. The former managing director of AIB, he was responsible for its Irish operations between 2002 and 2009.

The pinstripes of Gordon Gekko and his statement braces, slicked-back hair and extraordinary personality were not in evidence in Committee Room 3 last Thursday. Forde would not look out of place at a typical Sunday carvery lunch in a local hotel....

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