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Open Dissent

An Uncompromising View of the Banking Crisis

by Mike Soden


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With thirty-five years' experience in banking in Ireland and internationally, Mike Soden brings us behind the facades of the banks to where a culture of cronyism and entitlement thrives. Open Dissent challenges this culture, which exists at all levels of Irish society and has contributed to the current financial crisis.What must be done to rebuild national and international confidence in Irish financial services? Accepting NAMA as a starting point for recovery, Mike discusses the need for a national recovery plan, changing the national banking landscape, the role of the construction industry in Ireland's economic recovery, and the future of the single currency and the European Union. He tackles the issue of fairness in Irish society and the idea of 'let the rich pay'.With his finger firmly on the pulse of the international markets, Mike Soden provides a provocative and honest take on why banking failed in Ireland and what can now be done in the name of recovery.

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Orpen Press
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Mike Soden (Author)

Mike Soden retired as chief executive of Bank of Ireland in 2004 after a 35-year career in Irish and international banking. He has since become a frequent and popular contributor to the Irish media on financial and economic matters.

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