Scandals: Fiddling Up A Fine Mess

Fiddling Up A Fine Mess

The talk these days among the Irish is of "fiddles." Not the kind that make music but the ones that make money. Fiddle is a coy Celtic epithet for the sort of financial finaglings plaguing the Irish republic even as scandalmongers have their eyes on Tokyo and Manhattan:

-- Tycoon Michael Smurfit, chairman of the state-owned phone company Telecom Eireann, resigned after disclosures that he owned an interest in the company that sold land to Telecom for its new headquarters.

-- The head of Greencore, formerly the state-owned Irish Sugar Co., resigned after it was learned that he and other investors...

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