On The Right Hook, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, Mary Hanafin was asked by presenter Richard Aldous if anyone in the Irish Governmenr was going to say sorry. Hanafin said, "I don't accept that people can blame the Government for what the banks did." Aldous asked, "The Government has no responsibility for the fiscal position and the financial position and the economic position that Ireland is now in?" Hanafin replied, "People were clamouring for better roads, for new schools and for better hospitals." Hanafin does think Ireland became over-dependent on the construction industry, "but the Government is not responsible for the terrible situation the banks are in." Like every other cabinet minister I've heard talk about it, Hanafin took the line "I will always say sorry for something for which I'm responsible and the Government will always say sorry for something for which it is responsible." But since the Irish government has never taken responsibility for the Irish economy, it's simply not responsible for having to transfer billions from the Irish economy to a failed Irish bank.
This farcical attitude won't escape the reality check of historians when they write their reports on irresponsible Government behaviour in early 21st century Ireland.