Michael Somers, one of the most powerful civil servants in the State through the boom years;
“… I think we need to be careful that we don’t go in for over-regulation, over-control. I think we need to ease up a bit in terms of political correctness and such likes, I think we’re being unduly politically correct at the moment.”
He also mentioned the possibilities for expanding the financial sector, how banks only came here after the IFSC was set up because the likes of himself “twisted their arms” (offered tax incentives?) and about how great we are that high-tech foreign companies, like Google base themselves here… Google employees how many engineers/coders in Ireland versus administrative workers? Saves how much money by routing its taxes through Ireland?
All in the final interview on The Week in Politics, about 42 minutes in at this link.