Here is an interesting tale that is only news to moi due to the current events bringing it into new light.
We had to lie to avoid panic
Gilmore reveals flu cover story for punt
By OWEN CONLON
2nd November 2015, 12:01 am
Updated: 21st November 2016, 5:49 pm
EAMON Gilmore has insisted it was necessary to lie to the electorate about the state of the euro to prevent panic on the streets.
The former Tanaiste and ex-Labour leader makes the admission in his new autobiography.
He also claims that the Coalition pretended they were drawing up contingency plans for a flu pandemic while in reality preparing to possibly relaunch the punt.
Mr Gilmore said it was not normal policy to lie to the public — but desperate economic circumstances in Europe required it.
Gilmore said: “We couldn’t tell people the euro was about to collapse.
“This was a plan B we had to put together in order to be prepared. There are occasions when it is necessary to make contingency plans — and not to go out and tell everybody.
“We didn’t want to be caught with our pants down. Neither could we have pieces of paper floating around saying ‘relaunch the punt bill’.”
He told RTE radio: “So the idea was that these contingency plans might be about a flu pandemic and this is what we were preparing for.”
The Dun Laoghaire TD also backed the Taoiseach’s claim that the Army could have been called out to protect ATMs at the height of the crisis.
Gilmore said: “I’d heard that phraseology before. I think it was in the middle of 2012. The euro was in crisis.
“One option was that Ireland, Greece and Portugal might be put into some kind of a second-tier euro. We had to consider the possibility of what would happen.
Read more here - https://www.thesun.ie/archives/irish-news/98501/we-had-to-lie-to-avoid-panic/