By Paul Madden
Degrees of separation …
As it was revealed the Michael O’Leary is to attend this years Bilderberg meeting in Austria I thought it interesting to investigate a few connections:
Ireland’s Bilderberg Attendees:
Garret FitzGerald, former Taoiseach (FG)
Paul Gallagher, (2010 and 2011)
Attorney General of Ireland.
Before his appointment he had a practice that ranged from European to defamation law, including commercial and chancery. Some of the biggest names in Irish business were among his clients. They included the Fitzwilton Group in its challenge to the Mahon tribunal; PJ Carroll in a challenge to tobacco legislation; the VHI in its row with Bupa over risk-equalisation; Meath County Council in the challenge to the M3 motorway route through the Skryne valley; and the State in its opposition to the attempt by Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan to have their Canadian marriage recognised.
He was nominated as Attorney-General by Taoiseach Bertie Ahern on June 14, 2007, and renominated by Brian Cowen on 6 May 2008. Gallagher was among those present in 2008 when the Irish government decided to guarantee the liabilities of the six largest banks in an (ultimately disastrous) effort to bolster confidence in the banking system; he was also among the negotiating team that subsequently sought emergency funding from the EU and IMF. After his period in office, he acted as legal representative for Anglo-Irish bank, the extent of whose (at first not fully apprehended) exposure to toxic debt was one of the main reasons for the failure of the bank guarantee
From 1994–1997 he was chief legal advisor to the government of Taoiseach John Bruton (FG), serving as Attorney General of Ireland.
In 2000 he joined the board of Independent News and Media Plc as a non-executive director and in 2003 he was appointed Chairman of Ireland’s largest bank Allied Irish Banks. His time in charge of AIB resulted in the enormous drops in the share price, leading to the infamous ‘egging’ incident at the May 2009 shareholder’s meeting. In 2003 he was appointed ombudsman for the Diamond Trading Company (DTC), the marketing offshoot of diamond mining giant De Beers. In 2007 he was appointed chairman of the Governing Body of University College, Cork.
Michael McDowell PD (2007)
, former Attorney General, former Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform … did you know he was FINE GAEL SUPPORTER before co-founding the PDs….?!?
Michael Noonan,FG (2012),
then Minister for Finance .. not gonna even bother!
Simon Coveney FG (2013) … yeah…well….
Peter Sutherland, (Bilderberg steering committee member!)
former Chairman of Goldman Sachs Intl, Director General of the WTO and former Attorney General of Ireland. At the 1973 Irish general election, he stood as a Fine Gael candidate in the Dublin North–West constituency. He received 1,969 votes (6.2%) but was not elected. In 1981, aged 34, he became the youngest Attorney General of Ireland. He served under two Governments led by Garret FitzGerald. He also advised the FitzGerald government on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland which introduced a constitutional ban on abortion, though Sutherland opposed the wording on grounds that it was ambiguous and unclear.
Denis O’Brien (friend to all..)
In September 2005, O’Brien was named Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ireland. Simultaneously, he moved his residence from Portugal to Malta, for tax avoidance reasons. He resigned from the position of Deputy Governor Bank of Ireland, and also as a member of the Bank’s board or court (COURT!!!…never knew that) , on 12 September 2006. O’Brien has also resigned from the Norkom Group and the UCD Smurfit School of Business. His spokesman said that the resignations were unconnected with the work of the Moriarty Tribunal.
O’Brien is a member of the Bilderberg group and Trilateral Commission.
Justice Paul Gilligan was appointed to the High Court in 2002 by Minister for Justice Michael McDowell, PDs (but previously a FG supporter).
Justice Paul Gilligan upheld an application in 2007 by the State, on behalf of Respondents which included Denis O’Brien, to dismiss a submission by two consortia who issued a legal challenge to the issuing of the ESAT mobile phone license to O’Brien by FG Minister Michael Lowry and a multi-million euro claim for damages
The Supreme Court overturned Judge Gilligan’s ruling in 2012 opening the way for the Plaintiffs’ challenge.
In 2014 Judge Gilligan issued Court Order to Denis O’Brien’s GMC Sierra against water protesters.
In 2015 Judge Gilligan jailed 5 protestersw for breach of his order.