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Digout
29-03-2010, 10:40 AM
Alan Dukes is a consultant to Wilson Hartnell Public Relations (WHPR),which acts on behalf of a number of private institutions, including the troubled Quinn Group.

Dukes is also on the board of of WHPR, and confirmed that he received a nominal annual fee in respect of his membership of the board of WHPR, but denied that this gave rise to a potential conflict of interest given that WHPR receives fee income from Quinn.

Alan Dukes got the top job in Anglo, the bank whose collapse is closely linked to the activities of Sean Quinn.

Dukes denies lobbying on behalf of Quinn, but this does not look good.

http://www.sbpost.ie/post/pages/p/wholestory.aspx-qqqt=THE+INSIDER-qqqs=themarket-qqqsectionid=3-qqqc=3.7.0.0-qqqn=1-qqqx=1.asp

C. Flower
29-03-2010, 11:21 AM
Alan Dukes is a consultant to Wilson Hartnell Public Relations (WHPR),which acts on behalf of a number of private institutions, including the troubled Quinn Group.

Dukes is also on the board of of WHPR, and confirmed that he received a nominal annual fee in respect of his membership of the board of WHPR, but denied that this gave rise to a potential conflict of interest given that WHPR receives fee income from Quinn.

Alan Dukes got the top job in Anglo, the bank whose collapse is closely linked to the activities of Sean Quinn.

Dukes denies lobbying on behalf of Quinn, but this does not look good.

http://www.sbpost.ie/post/pages/p/wholestory.aspx-qqqt=THE+INSIDER-qqqs=themarket-qqqsectionid=3-qqqc=3.7.0.0-qqqn=1-qqqx=1.asp


Dukes said he had never lobbied on behalf of the Quinn Group, Quinn Insurance or Seán Quinn. He also said he had never lobbied on behalf of competitors of the Quinn Group or competitors of Anglo Irish Bank.

He declined to supply a list of clients on whose behalf he had acted since becoming a consultant to WHPR. ‘‘This is none of your business. It is a matter between WHPR and its clients,” he wrote.

When asked if he could confirm how much Seán Quinn’s interests owed Anglo Irish Bank, and whether the loans were being repaid, he said. ‘‘No. Anglo Irish Bank respects client confidentiality, just as your bank does in relation to your personal account. You cannot be unaware of longstanding and standard practice in this matter, and it constantly amazes me that journalists persist in asking such questions.”

When asked if he agreed with Fine Gael’s proposals to introduce a register of lobbyists’ interests, he responded: ‘‘Judgment reserved.”

When asked if the recommendations of the Fine Gael Fair Care health reform group that he chaired could benefit or disadvantage the Quinn Group in any way, he said he did not know.

‘‘The working group was charged with developing the basis for a comprehensive health policy in the general public interest. It did not concern itself with the particular situation of any health insurer. Do you find it difficult to conceive of an objective examination of an issue of public interest?” he wrote.

Dukes confirmed that he received a nominal annual fee in respect of his membership of the board of WHPR, but denied that this gave rise to a potential conflict of interest given that WHPR receives fee income from Quinn.

When asked how much he would be paid as chairman of Anglo Irish Bank, Dukes wrote: ‘‘I know I have seen the figure, but it has slipped my mind.

Dukes says he involves himself at an early stage with clients and is not a lobbyist. I watched the UK programme about politicians' paid consultancy work. What would clients think they were going to get, in taking Dukes on ?

Dukes has a high level of concern about protecting client confidentiality. I hope he has an even higher level idea of protecting the public interest.

musashi
29-03-2010, 11:41 AM
Dukes exhibits contempt for concerns regarding his role as government lobbyist and Chairman of Anglo Irish Bank.

Any concerns for Alan Dukes as CEO of this newly nationalized bankrupt bank should be tempered in the knowledge that he moonlights as a lobbyist for concerns heavily indebted to that same bank.

ZANU-FF
29-03-2010, 01:27 PM
if you have enough €€€ perhaps you could retain Alan for your needs?

best to contact him discretely?

Stendec
29-03-2010, 01:29 PM
no surprise there. haughey an fitzgearld both got cushy deals from the banks!! FF an the blueshirts are the very same makes no difference which you vote for there both crooked!!

Digout
29-03-2010, 01:39 PM
best to contact him discretely?

Join FF.

C. Flower
29-04-2010, 07:40 AM
Dukes won't give up his Pensions now. He is FF's best asset.

electionlit
29-04-2010, 08:05 AM
Dukes won't give up his Pensions now. He is FF's best asset.

Saw that this morning and couldn't believe it. He is an embarrassment to Fine Gael.
Its almost Lowry like , by that only for Lowry Fine Gael would have been (to the great extent) seen as clean.

C. Flower
29-04-2010, 08:25 AM
Saw that this morning and couldn't believe it. He is an embarrassment to Fine Gael.
Its almost Lowry like , by that only for Lowry Fine Gael would have been (to the great extent) seen as clean.

Dukes gave FF a "clean" run with the Tallaght Strategy, and then pulled their irons out of the fire when NAMA was in trouble last summer.

Fianna Fail's best man.

Béal na Bláth
29-04-2010, 08:39 AM
Dukes gave FF a "clean" run with the Tallaght Strategy, and then pulled their irons out of the fire when NAMA was in trouble last summer.

Fianna Fail's best man.

Great to have such compliant adversaries indeed.