They are all special cases, you see, so talented and important that they must be paid extra. No austerity there.
All this illustrates that the top people in Ireland – including the top people in our state-owned banks – look after the most important thing first: themselves. Their sense of entitlement and importance is so strong that they are deeply resentful at the suggestion that they might be doing anything wrong.
The top people here have the morals of the elite in the worst banana republics. And that did not change, even when we moved from the Celtic Tiger to the austerity program.