Readers of this blog may recall a Freedom of Information request to the Taoiseach and the Minister for Finance for details of the discussion between the Government and the EU Commission relating to the price at which Irish bank assets would transfer into NAMA. That information was never furnished.
It is no surprise, therefore that NAMA has claimed exemption from complying with any Freedom of Information requests.
There is a possibility for some information leakage, however. J K Galbraith records, of German hyperinflation of the early 1920s, in Money: Whence it Came, Where it Went, (A. Deutsch, London, 1975, p. 157):-
“’Zero stroke’ or ‘cipher stroke’ is the name created by German physicians for a prevelent nervous malady brought about by the present fantastic currency figures. Scores of cases of the ‘stroke’ are reported among men and women of all classes, who have been prostrated by their efforts to figure in thousands of millions. Many of these persons apparently are normal except for a desire to write endless rows of ciphers.”
“Ciphers”, here, are zeros.
Now, if we camp outside NAMA HQ, we can check for sick people staggering from the office and possibly relate the number of the sick to the destruction of the Irish economy.