“In taking my decision to retire now..”

The Irish Department of Finance is predicting a €20billion deficit for 2009 and, having apparently promised the EU Commission €2billion of additional cuts, Taoiseach Brian Cowen is listening to those unelected “social partners”. The other Brian, Finance Minister Brian Lenihan, has a suggestion and is also looking somewhat enviously at the neighbouring currency. Meanwhile Patrick Neary, the Chief Executive of the Irish Financial Regulator, is to retire early “at a time of great financial turbulence..” As the Anglo Irish Bank’s board [of directors] know.. How’s that for vision “with a capital ‘V'”?