I have a great many interests. Among them is writing poetry, taking photo's, the practice of T M and following a druid like path. What I am not nor have I ever been is subservient or fanatical. In the true sense of the term I am a free thinking person.
Saturday, 20 February 2016
CAUGHT WITH TROUSERS DOWN!
Revealed – 'Concerned citizen' who challenged Mary LouMcDonald on fair taxes is top banker.
Fergus Crawford, CEO ofthe Irish branch of Sarasin & Partners, which is based at 120 StStephen's Green and is part of private Swiss Bank J SafraSarasin.
THE 'CONCERNED CITIZEN' who claimed he was a smallbusiness owner when he confronted Sinn Féin deputy leaderMary Lou McDonald about tax reform during a press eventon Grafton Street in Dublin on Friday is actually the CEO of aSwiss investment firm.
The man who refused to divulge his name to reporters despiterepeated requests claimed he was a “small business owner”.
An Phoblachtlearned that the man is Fergus Crawford, CEO ofthe Irish branch of Sarasin & Partners, which is based at 120 StStephen's Green and is part of private Swiss Bank J SafraSarasin.
The asset management firm manages more than €15billion inassets. Some of the services it provides includes offshore hedgefunds based in overseas locations such as the Channel Islandswhich help reduce the tax liabilities for clients in places likeIreland.
During his exchange with Mary Lou McDonald, Crawfordcriticised Sinn Féin's plans to ask higher earners to pay an extra7 cent on each euro earnedin excess of €100,000 per year.
Crawford shouted that his children didn't want to “aspire to€69,000 a year” while ludicrously claiming that Sinn Féin wants totax people “out of existence”.
During the exchange he told reporters he would "probably votefor Fine Gael".
Mary Lou McDonald pointed out to him that more than 50% ofthe workforce in Ireland earns less than €28,500 a year and thatSinn Féin wants to ease the tax burden on low and middleearners while asking those at the top to pay a little more.
*From 1996 to July 2008 he served in various roles, includingHead of Investment, for ACC Bank. Main article by Mark Moloney of An Phoblacht
Foot note by aheronsview When searching for his company’s web site www.sarasin-alpen.com it now appears to be non operational!
Well,so much for opening his big mouth and telling lies about being a small business man.