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The Fourth EstateJournalism in Twentieth-Century Ireland$
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Mark O'Brien

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780719096136

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719096136.001.0001

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Spirit of the nation

Spirit of the nation

(p.186) 11 Spirit of the nation
The Fourth Estate

Mark O'Brien

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines the relationship that existed between journalists and Charles Haughey. It outlines the telephone tapping controversy of the early 1980s – during which the telephones of several journalists were tapped by the government – and how numerous journalists sought to varying degrees of success to investigate the source of Haughey’s wealth and the corruption then endemic in Irish public life. It looks at how the concerted efforts by Haughey and his supporters to frustrate journalistic inquiry created an atmosphere of fear and risk avoidance on the part of media organisation during the 1980s.

Keywords:   Charles Haughey, Telephone tapping, Magill, Investigative journalism, Corruption, Beef tribunal

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