The Nama Developers, the Dodgy Bankers and the Vatican’s Pauline Chapel

Irish builders flash the cash in Rome

Now that we know for sure the economy is doomed thanks to the activity of fifty or sixty large developers and a half dozen private banks, I thought you might enjoy a reminder of what it means to really splash out.

You’ll recall Brian Lenihan loading us up with Catholic guilt when he admonished the nation that we all partied, and that we’d all now have to pick up the tab for the excesses of the high flyers.  You were probably wondering if that week in Ibiza could really have cost the country four billion euros.

Well, after the disastrous bank bailout of 2008, the entire nation re-evaluated its behaviour and began to keep a much tighter rein on the money.  No more vibrating armchairs.  No more holographic surround-sound systems.  No more solid-marble lampshades.

But while we were tightening our belts, what do you reckon the ignorati were up to?

This one might boil your blood a little.

The Vatican’s Pauline Chapel (Cappella Paolina) contains two frescoes painted by Michelangelo in the 1540s, depicting the conversion of Paul and the crucifixion of Peter.  They were restored at a cost of about €3 million which was raised by public donation rather than out of Vatican funds, and the chapel was unveiled by Pope Benedict in July 2009.

The final paragraph of the Vatican’s web page on the project reads as follows:

The financial support was provided by the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums and it is proper that their names are delivered to the memory and to the gratitude of the future generations: Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hintze, Mr. and Mrs. Jaime Davila, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Halle, Mr. and Mrs. William Bollinger, Mr. Mark Keane, Mr. Patrick McKillen, Mr. Sean Mulryan, Mr. Derek Quinlan, Mr. John Ronan, Mr. John J. Brogan and Family, Mr. Sean Fitzpatrick, Mr. Denis O’Brien, Sir Thomas Farmer and Family, The Brown Foundation, The Florida Chapter, The Texas Chapter, Mr. Thomas Quick, Mr. and Mrs. John Foster, Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Rooney, Mr. Michael Fingleton, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Fromson , Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Collins, Mr. and Mrs. James Colross, Mr. Michael Boberschmidt, Mr. John McCaffrey, and Mrs. Shirley Kernan.

Isn’t that interesting?

Almost a year after we learned that Seanie Fitzpatrick and Fingers Fingleton had helped to destroy the Irish economy, here they are in the Vatican, hobnobbing with the Pope because they handed over money obtained at public expense.  And not only the two heads of the dodgiest banks in the history of civilisation, but also an assortment of property developers whose loans have been taken over by Nama.  Not to forget Mr Denis O Brien, the man a Tribunal judge said had obtained his mobile phone licence thanks to an inappropriate relationship with the government minister responsible for communications.

All of these guys rode the Celtic Tiger, and when they jumped off, they kept a little something for themselves.  Some of them, like O Brien, don’t even live in Ireland and therefore won’t have to carry the increased tax burden facing the rest of society.

Do you like it?  You have to love it really.  Otherwise, you might decide to run crazy with an axe, and while it might be satisfying, that would not be good.

12 thoughts on “The Nama Developers, the Dodgy Bankers and the Vatican’s Pauline Chapel

  1. Banco Ambrosiano is alive and well, it seems. No Blackfrairs Bridge for these boyos.

  2. It is quite simple really, having got clean Scott free with lying, cheating, bluffing there way through this life they drop a bucket of other peoples gold to “holy mother church” so that they can continue more of the same into the next life. Given that are good Catholic boys they of course believe in the next life and see an eternity of bliss as their right.

  3. Wasn’t it Jesus who said (something like) ‘ It would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, then for a rich man to pass through the gates of heaven’
    I mean if that’s what he said and all the lads in the picture above have their hands in their ears shouting Na Na, Na Na Na, every time someone reminds them of this. We cant blame Jesus for that. I mean its not Jesus’s fault that these people who claim to be his followers, refuse to follow even his most basic principles. Its at times like this that I just wish for the possibility of an afterlife, where I could sit back and watch these fat arsed fucks trying desperately to squeeze through the gates of heaven, while the devil gives em a right good seeing to from behind……for eternity!!!
    Ah if only the afterlife was that simple. Actually, if Jesus was alive today, He’d probably be one of the loudest contributors ever to this blog.
    Time for coffee.

  4. Why in the name of FUCK do the Catholic Church need donations anyway? They own their own bank for fucks sake. And I bet its not run by gobshites like those pricks.

  5. Like their medieval counterparts the pope and his bishops are still up for sale, vow of poverty my bollocks.

    If you would like to know more about the pope, his bank, roberto calvi, marcinkus and the masonic lodge P2 then I recommend “In Gods Name” by David Yallop

  6. The total lack of principle shown by the Catholic Church shouldn’t surprise at all, but one wonders how they square their love of power and money with the words on one J. Christ: “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”
    -Matthew 6:24; “Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.'”
    -Matthew 19:23-24; “Jesus answered, ‘If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.'”
    -Matthew 19:21;

  7. I think that Catholic Church HQ should be made aware where the dirty money has come from to fund this little venture. And if they don’t hand it back unprompted they should be shamed into it by publicising this little known fact (so far). How shameful that we are living in relative poverty whilst these gangsters/cowboys/gurriers are allowed to roam free with their ill-gotten gains. It’s in the Law Gazette at the minute that NAMA is going to pursue where the money went and that we already have the legislation in place to do so. Why hasn’t this happened? and will they ask the Papal posse for the return of the loot that came their way? So that little starving children and elderly people in Ireland can be fed.

  8. Are you intimating it would not be good because the axe might slash indiscriminately, or are you suggesting that a more suitable weapon be chosen?
    Just wondering.

  9. @BeaMaria do you really think the church gives a sweet flying Vatican where that money came from???

    I don’t.

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