Monday June 1, 2020

Pat Rabbitte: Shining a light on the power of lobbyists

Lobbying is no longer the preserve of a few insiders well used to the corridors of power

24th January, 2016
Lobbying has mostly been assosiated with the USA like this lobby that took place in Washington a number of years ago Picture:Rollingnews

Who would have thought that we had one thousand lobbyists importuning our TDs, ministers, their officials and special advisers? After all there are only 166 TDs, soon to become 158.

Lobbying used to be considered a somewhat mysterious activity not much in evidence in this small country, where access to our elected representatives is relatively straightforward.

Lobbying has long since been big business in the United States. In Ireland, however, it was thought to be a practice...

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