The Ronaldo of Irish finance

The Ronaldo of Irish finance
Derek Quinlan took a stroll down memory lane at the banking inquiry last week Picture: Maura Hickey

What was it like being Derek Quinlan during the boom years?

David Drumm was hosting a lunch for one of his most treasured clients in Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud.

It was in the final years of the boom, and the not long-installed chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank was eager to impress Derek Quinlan, the man who had become an investment sage for Ireland’s wealthy.

Prior to the lunch in the Michelin two-starred restaurant, Drumm was unexpectedly sent a list of Quinlan’s preferred wines by the...

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