I caught up with him after the annual results news conference yesterday and he was remarkably upbeat about the future.
“Do you know how hard it is to find a place to live here in Ballsbridge?” he says by way of explaining a recovery in landlord’s yields.
He admitted that his experience of trying to find a home in Dublin 4, one of Dublin’s wealthiest districts, may not be typical, but he is still optimistic.
David Hodgkinson, executive chairman, AIB.
This was minutes after announcing 2,000 job losses at the bank.
You literally could not make it up.