Scandal Nation

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ISBN: 9781444712605

Published: 16/09/2010

Scandal Nation

Mick Clifford

We are where we are has become one of the great truisms of the current crisis facing the country. But how did we get here and can an inspection of the roots of our modern failings - of government, state agencies and church - help us to pave a way forward?

Scandal Nation argues the case as it analyses twelve key events since the foundation of the Irish state that shaped us as a nation. It examines the culture within which these events occurred, how they unfolded and their impact on what followed.

THE SCANDALS

DEV'S FAILURE TO TALK THE TALK

The Civil War and the inception of a culture of party loyalty that has come to define modern Ireland for the worse.

SWEEPING DIRT UNDER THE CARPET

The Hospital Sweepstakes scandal and how the rule of law is ignored by successive governments . . . when the price is right.

JOBS FOR THE BOYS

The 'Battle of Baltinglass' and the prevailing culture of jobbery in Irish public life.

IN A STATE OF DISGRACE

The overturning of Noel Browne's Mother and Child Scheme of the 1950s, and its legacy on Church-State relations.

A DONATION ONCE AGAIN

TACA in the 1960s and how it set the scene for the cosy culture of business donations in politics.

PLANNING FOR THE PAY DAY

From the first ignored warnings about Ray Burke and planning corruption right through to the planning tribunal, which lingers to this day.

THE BENT ARM OF THE LAW

From the activities of the 'Heavy Gang' of the 1970s to the Morris Tribunal.

BLOOD SISTERS

The Hepatitis C blood scandal and the failure of state agencies and government to face up to their mistakes, favouring denial of responsibility over the plight of citizens.

DOING THE STATE SOME DISSERVICE

CJ Haughey and the culture of corruption in the body politic.

BANKING ON THE STATE

The ICI and AIB bailout in 1985 and the culture of loosely governed banks and ensuing state bailouts.

BEN THERE, DUNNE THAT

How a drug-fuelled holiday in Florida ultimately led to the Moriarty Tribunal.

PASSPORT TO A NEW LIFE

The 'passports for sale' scandal, as successive governments put a price on Irish citizenship.