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Has the Government learnt nothing from Eircom's experience in the hands of private equity investors and venture capitalists? It now seems to be wrapping up some of the Irish banks to facilitate a new game of pass the parcel using another key national resource.

Why doesn't the Government simply create a special investment vehicle to borrow the funds needs to recapitalise the banks via high-coupon preference shares and then do a public floatation of this vehicle to repay these borrowings?

This would allow the banks stay in, largely, Irish hands, give the Government a say over credit policies and ensure that banking strategies are aligned with the national interest rather than dictated by the short termism of unregulated Wall Street funds which played a lead role in creating the current international crisis.

This letter was published in the Irish Times on 22nd November 2008.

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