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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: January 15, 2009 @ 11:48 pm

    Anglo Irish from Japan

    Harry McGee

    8.42 am (local time). The nationalisation of Anglo Irish was announced at 5am local time after the Cabinet decision was made at 12 midnight (local time) or 3pm at home.

    We interviewed Brian Cowen at 9.30pm local time last night, shortly after his meeting with Japanese prime minister Taro Aso.

    He responded to questions about the Fine Gael statement that it would not backthe recapitalisation of Anglo Irish but obviously made no reference to what was obviously a rolling situation.

    With him here in Tokyo, the Cabinet meeting was one of those that is described by that suggestive Shakespearean word, ‘incorporeal’.

    It always conjures in my mind the image of ghosts floating around an oak table deciding the fate of the people.

    If you check my (self-serving) timelines on previous blog you will see I checked out at 3.45 am and went to bed.  I got a call at 4.30am or so from  the newsdesk and made a few calls, then had to be at the ready at 7am. So not much sleep last night!

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