Did anyone catch this last night, Vincent Browne’s programme? I thought that Ben Dunne said what needed to be said. His comments were very plain and to the point, but also seemed to make alot of sense.
He was rather funny about Sean Dunne’s predicament, making the point that it was symptomatic of the overall situation. Step 1 is to face up to the facts, ie quantify our situation or to put it another way mark down the assets to a proper valuation and then get on with it from there. He was not convinced that giving a state guarantee to deposits was such a good a idea after all.
He’s a prudent business man who’s given a lot of people employment opportunities in Ireland.
As for the ‘coke and hookers’ comment, he made a mistake, owned up to it and faced the consequences, getting addicted to cocaine after the IRA holding a gun to your head for six days doesn’t seem inexcusable…
something said or done to provoke laughter or cause amusement, as a witticism, a short and amusing anecdote, or a prankish act: He tells very funny jokes. She played a joke on him.
something that is amusing or ridiculous, esp. because of being ludicrously inadequate or a sham; a thing, situation, or person laughed at rather than taken seriously; farce: Their pretense of generosity is a joke. An officer with no ability to command is a joke.
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something that does not present the expected challenge; something very easy: The test was a joke for the whole class.
A lot of people wish they could say this but if George Best did say it, he was not the first. The Yale Book of Quotations has the following:
[Of the high salary he was receiving as a baseball player:] Ninety percent I’ll spend on good times, women, and Irish whiskey. The other 10 percent I’ll probably waste.
Tug McGraw, Quoted in Bert Sugar, Book of Sports Quotes (1979)
I was shocked to hear that Ben Dunne had invested in a property (not his ppr?) purchased at possibly the height of the bubble. I would have had Ben down as very shrewd and someone who would have seen the bubble for what it was.
His gyms offer excellent value for money and did right through the mania of the Tiger. €210 for a years membership last year, 57c a day! No hidden extras just the initial payment.