Scott Millar writes in the Irish Examiner today that former Bank Of Ireland Chief Executive,Mike Soden has refused to back down on remarks made concerning his views on lone parents.
The social commentary came from Soden's appearance as an expert panellist on Vincent Browne's TV3 programme on 16/09/09.
Addressing Rita Fagan,a fellow panellist,who was involved with the collapsed urban regeneration scheme at St.Michaels Estate(a failed ppp venture with Nama bound developer Bernard McNamara),Soden stated:
| Irish Examiner"I don't believe our society should carry the burden."
Mr Soden made the remarks on TV3’s Tonight with Vincent Browne on Wednesday night while defending the Government’s NAMA plan to buy €54 billion of toxic loans from the banks. Speaking to the Irish Examiner yesterday Mr Soden said that if people choose the single parent family life they have to be responsible for themselves and not depend on the state. He added that he found it "aggravating" that single mothers who had "not just one, but two or three children" expected State support.
"If that offends people I’m sorry but I will not retract," the former bank chief said.