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Bank Guarantee

This trailer for The Guarantee will fill you with righteous anger

Nice timing, folks.

THIS IS ALL we need to see on Budget Day: the trailer of The Guarantee has just been released. And it’s slightly terrifying.

We’re just past the sixth anniversary of what was described by now-Finance Minister Michael Noonan as “the blackest day in Ireland since the Civil War broke out”.

Yes, 30 September 2008, the night of the infamous bank guarantee when the government, led by then Taoiseach Brian Cowen, and then Finance Minister Brian Lenihan, decided to issue a blanket €440 billion guarantee to prop up the Irish banking system.

A new film, The Guarantee, based on the play Guaranteed! by Colin Murphy, is due to hit cinemas on 30 October – and this is the first sneak peek at the trailer.

Meet Brian Cowen (Gary Lydon)…


…Brian Lenihan (David Murray)…

…Seanie Fitzpatrick (Morgan C Jones)…

…and David Drumm (a near-unrecognisable Peter Coonan of Love/Hate).

The film premiere on 30 October launches with a Q&A hosted by Matt Cooper, screened to cinemas nationwide through a live satellite link-up from Movies@Dundrum.

It is directed by Ian Power (The Runway), and produced by John Kelleher Media in association with TV3, the Irish Film Board and the Broadcasting Association of Ireland.

The full dramatic trailer is here:

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Keep an eye out for this particularly queasy scene as the blinds go down on a deal that the Irish taxpayer continues to pay for:


30 Days in September: An Oral History of the Bank Guarantee>

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