Bono is a hypocrite – and so is Ireland

Fintan O’Toole: Ireland has sold its soul but is getting a very good price for it

Investments by Irish musician Bono, made under his real name Paul Hewson, in a Lithuanian shopping centre and a German office building - by way of a Maltese company - have been revealed in documents shared with The Irish Times.

Yes, Bono is a hypocrite – but so is Ireland. Around the world, the U2 frontman is the most instantly recognisable living Irishman. It is entirely appropriate that he should be both the face of the country and a prime example of its two-faced attitudes.

He has been an important and sincere international campaigner against the secretive offshore tax schemes that, among other things, strip very poor economies of desperately needed resources.

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