Interview with Irish business leader from 2014 got a new lease of life.
An old video of an incredibly awkward interview, which reveals an American TV news host’s confusion over Ireland using the euro instead of the pound, is being shared widely online.
in the clip (scroll down to 7.10 in the YouTube clip above)Martin Shanahan, CEO of Ireland’s inward investment agency Industrial Development Agency (IDA), is questioned about the country’s growing economy on Squawk Box, a program on the CNBC news channel.
The conversation turns under the influence of a weak Euro – a change of gear that upsets co-presenter, Joe Cernan.
Cairn can’t wrap his head around the fact that a) Ireland is an independent country from the United Kingdom b) Ireland was one of the first countries to adopt the euro in 1999 and c) Northern Ireland’s currency is sterling. There’s probably advertising) and an e) there too.
Interviews with Irish business leaders from 2014 resumed this week, with many drawing similarities to the comedy character Alan Partridge. Shamelessly ignorant comments about Ireland While receiving pitches from TV makers.
Corner: You have pounds anyway, don’t you?
Shanahan: We have Euros.
Corner: You have Euros in Ireland?
Shanahan: Yes. We have the Euro, which…
Corner: Why do you have Euros in Ireland?
Shanahan: Strong recovery…
Corner: Why use the euro in Ireland?
Shanahan: Why won’t we have euros in Ireland?
Corner: Huh. I would use pound.
Shanahan: We use Euros.
Corner: What about Scotland? I was using Scottish eh…
Shanahan: Scottish Pound.
Corner: Scottish Pound.
Shanahan: They use Stirling.
Corner: They use Stirling?
Shanahan: They use Stirling. But we use Euros.
Corner: What? Why would you do that?
Shanahan: Why won’t we do this?
Corner: Why not Scotland? No wonder they wanted to part ways.
Shanahan: They are part of the UK, not us.
Corner: Aren’t you right next to er…?
Shanahan: We are very close but completely different.
Corner: It’s the same kind, the same island, isn’t it?
Shanahan: And in the north of Ireland they have sterling.
Corner: do they?
Very soon blue tick Twitter users were also keen to share.