”The Untouchables’ (2012) by Shane Ross & Nick Webb shines a light into the dark corners of Official Ireland to show that the destructive culture of cronyism that afflicts so much of Irish life is still alive and kicking. Ross and Webb investigate the workings of lobbyists; judicial appointments; law firms and much more in a shocking indictment of modern Ireland.
Archive for October, 2012
THE scene: AIB HQ Bank Centre, Ballsbridge. In the boardroom, taking a telephone call, is former Labour Party leader and AIB ‘Public Interest’ director Dick Spring. On the line is Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore.
Eamon: “Morning, Dick.”
Dick: “Hi there, Eamon. I was about to ring you. What a terrible week you had with that wretch Roisin. Reminds me of the days when the old Left and the unions were giving me grief.
“I wanted to warn you not to back Dr Reilly. I never trusted a man with a beard, even Ruairi. David Begg and Jack O’Connor have the country ruined. The bearded brethren made my life hell when I was leader. And now you turn up backing a Fine Gael man with a red beard. I thought you had more sense.”
Eamon: “That is not why I rang, Dick. I wondered . . .”