The disclosure this week of the Anglo Irish Bank telephone calls make disturbing listening and reading.
Here is a bank that played a pivotal role in the country’s economic meltdown and its senior executives think it’s funny.
Obviously they didn’t know they were being taped but that doesn’t excuse the outrageous behaviour.
The crude language aside, the content of the conversations is alarming.
They knew more than anyone else about how bad the crisis was but self-interest appeared to be their primary consideration.
The state had been asked for a €7 billion bail-out for the crumbling Anglo and these executive appeared to know it wouldn’t be enough.
But there was no concern apparent for how this would impact on the state and its citizens.
If they were laughing on the phone they were the only people in the country who laughed then - or since - on the catastrophic impact of the Anglo collapse.
How many ordinary people have suffered since through the government’s austerity measures - parents, carers, the unemployed?
Hardly a laughing matter.