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Pat Rabbitte: Donohoe’s undeclared donation is ‘only a cat on the field of play’ compared to Ireland’s corrupt past

Those seeking to exaggerate the importance of an undeclared campaign donation of around €1,000 to Paschal Donohoe seem to have no awareness of how far we have come on issues of ethics and probity

Those seeking to exaggerate the importance of an undeclared campaign donation of around €1,000 to Paschal Donohoe seem to have no awareness of how far we have come on issues of ethics and probity

The first half of my time in politics was dominated by egregious eruptions in public life that led to interminable tribunals, investigations and inquiries. These are now largely forgotten, as are the raft of legislative and administrative reforms put in place since.

At the heart of past controversies was the issue of the funding of political parties. The connected issue was whether unfair advantage was being conferred on donors, given that some corporates had a ...