Banking Inquiry week 14: The fact is that we can’t handle hearing the truth

Banking Inquiry week 14: The fact is that we can’t handle hearing the truth

It’s galling that the former ECB chief wouldn’t face the Dáil, but we’re still looking to blame someone else for the crash

Everything about the Jean-Claude Trichet circus at Kilmainham last Thursday went against the concept of Irish democracy.

Parliamentarians, elected by the Irish people, pre-submitted two questions each to the former president of the European Central Bank. Trichet sat on a stage and literally looked down on the members of the banking inquiry as he read from a script. The optics were all wrong.

His speech extolled the virtues of the necessity for democratic legitimacy in...

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