Ill Fingleton escapes censure, but his reckless actions are still inexcusable

The head of the INBS cynically played the political and legal systems – and he did so with abandon

29th December, 2019
Ill Fingleton escapes censure, but his reckless actions are still inexcusable
The state failed miserably to regulate Michael Fingleton when it should have. Picture: Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews

Michael Fingleton’s claim of ill-health is genuine. His health has been deteriorating for some time and in September the 82-year-old had a medical episode that greatly reduced his quality of life, one from which he is unlikely to recover. It was impossible for him to cooperate with the Central Bank inquiry into his appalling mismanagement – and that is a generous description – of the now defunct Irish Nationwide Building Society, a catastrophe that cost...

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