Greyhound Dukes is no poodle insists Enda on a Dog Day Afternoon
Gerry Adams: tried to get an answer from Enda Kenny on the banks, but he didn’t get very far. Photograph: Alan Betson
The Dáil dozed fitfully yesterday, flaked out on democracy’s doorstep like a dog in the afternoon sun.
Think the usual Tuesday torpor, only dulled down by knockout drops of heat.
It was heavy going.
You could have fried an ovum on the plinth, if you had an egg. But that’s today’s business, when the Protection of Human Life During Pregnancy Bill returns centre stage.
Everybody is looking forward to it.
Just one more day and then we can go back to discussing nice things, like the state of the economy and what the Government is planning to do in the Budget.
Gerry Adams has a great interest in the banks. He was on about them again yesterday during Leaders’ Questions. Specifically, he wanted to know what their public interest directors do. What are they for?
He tried to get an answer from Enda, but he didn’t get very far.
This had us wondering if the banks have such a thing as a national interest director, and if so, is that the same as a public interest director?
We’ve recently heard bankers talking of how the authorities urged them to “pull on the green jersey” and keep Ireland sweet with the international financial markets, and hang the consequences for the cash-strapped locals.
Never mind the public interest when the national interest is at stake, it seems.
So there was the Sinn Féin leader, trying to tease out what exactly the public interest director of the bank formerly known as Anglo gets up to. He doesn’t think much of any of these State appointees, no matter which bank they represent.
But yesterday, Adams focused particularly on the IBRC’s Alan Dukes and wanted to know if he had told anyone of the Anglo tapes when he knew of their existence.
Dukes, a former Fine Gael leader and former minister for finance, is more than willing to come before any public inquiry or committee which wants to talk to him, said Enda.
But what does he do? Gerry wanted to know. What is a public interest director’s function?
“We were told they were appointed as watchdogs for the ordinary decent citizen. Clearly, they are lapdogs.”
Furthermore, pointed out the Sinn Féin leader, “you still haven’t told me what they do”.
Enda wasn’t happy with him casting aspersions on Alan Dukes. You don’t disrespect a former Fine Gael leader to a current Fine Gael leader (heaves excepted).
Any infighting in Fine Gael is done within the confines of the party rooms, as the abortion legislation has shown.
Well. The Taoiseach was fit to be tied.
“I know that Alan Dukes, a former distinguished minister, is nobody’s lapdog.”
That’s a disgraceful image for people to have to deal with when they’re trying to cope with the hot weather.
There is nothing spaniel-like about Dukes, even if Gerry Adams thinks he has been somewhat cavalier about his duties in the public interest.