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Electoral competition in Ireland since 1987The politics of triumph and despair$
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Gary Murphy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719097652

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719097652.001.0001

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Tribunals of inquiry and the politics of corrupt influence

Tribunals of inquiry and the politics of corrupt influence

(p.79) 4 Tribunals of inquiry and the politics of corrupt influence
Electoral competition in Ireland since 1987

Gary Murphy

Manchester University Press

Chapter four examines the tribunals of inquiry that co-existed uneasily with the electorally successful governments of Fianna Fáil and the PDs from 1997. Fianna Fáil and the PDs managed to unseat the then rainbow coalition governing in the 1997 general election and were decisively re-elected in 2002 where Fianna Fáil nearly won an overall majority. Yet the tribunal of inquiries into payments to politicians and into the planning process in Dublin both of which only finished in 2010 would haunt the political class throughout this period. While the evidence of the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to the Mahon tribunal on planning brought his in many ways successful career to a shuddering end the wider consequences for political life in Ireland were relatively inconsequential. In that context this chapter examines the various tribunals of inquiry that stalked the Irish political landscape for practically two decades and assesses the impact they had for Irish politics and society in that period.

Keywords:   Corruption, Flood Tribunal, Moriarty Tribunal, Ray Burke, Bertie Ahern

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