Property developer Johnny Ronan (above) and his closing evidence to the banking inquiry in which Nama represents the Nazis and the author symbolises the persecution and destruction of 6 million Jewish people.

Or something.

Arbeit macht frei?

33 thoughts on “Hollow Cost

    1. Cash for Gold

      Also has more money than you could ever dream of. Think about that while trying to sleep on your feculent Dunnes Stores sheets tonight.

          1. Louis Lefronde

            He looks like a gipsy…… somehow, I don’t think he would have lasted long in Nazi controlled Europe.

            Die Gedanken sind frei…..

      1. Mr. T.

        “Also has more money than you could ever dream of”

        Like that’s what all people value as the only worthy lifetime achievement.


  1. Liam O'Flaherty

    Jedem das Seine?

    Strange comment to say the least. Is the use of Irish an attempt to ameliorate his use of the phrase?

  2. Daisy Chainsaw

    Prime candidate for Get in the Sea. Self-serving prink with an entitlement complex who resents that he was made pay back his loans, rather than use the money for flying modulls for jollies in Morocco.

    1. Wearnicehats

      He wasn’t made to pay back anything. He could simply have waltzed off to England and made himself bankrupt that his contemporaries. I don’t care for the man but give him some credit

  3. doncolleone

    off to Lisbon with you too, another 2 bit “entrepreneur” who should thank his lucky stars he lives in a country of dim wits.

    1. Cash for Gold

      a “2 bit entrepreneur” who made more than you earned in an entire year, every day, for the last ten years. Back to the tills with you, worker.

  4. Caroline

    “The expression comes from the title of a novel by German philologist Lorenz Diefenbach, Arbeit macht frei: Erzählung von Lorenz Diefenbach (1873), in which gamblers and fraudsters find the path to virtue through labour.”



  5. Mr. T.

    Just because it’s a holocaust reference, everyone is fixating on that closing statement instead of the content of what he said.

    1. Doctor Gonzo

      Yeah. ‘Just because’ a property developer compared NAMA to the holocaust people are going mad. Funny that.

      Also – that the gentleman in question would be as one eyed to do that suggests something about his character and argument.

  6. Black & White

    Yes, approx 6 million Jewish people died in camps during WW2 but about the same number of non-Jews also died. We rarely hear about them.

  7. Ginner Winner Frilly Keane

    Dunno ’bout the rest a’ye

    But I see it as Johnny Ronan giving the NAMA Public Servants Overpaid Bankers committeee a well due daycent kick up the *whole on behalf of Treasury Holdings

    I’m not offended
    It is somewhat tasteless
    But nowhere near the offence I’ve bore over the last few years via the recipients of said kick up da’whole
    And others

    * see what I did there

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