Ireland still under the influence

Ireland still under the influence

Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery was effectively paid from the public purse to influence government policy, writes Elaine Byrne.

I'm bad enough of a bastard and tough enough to make really unpopular decisions was Frank Flannery's assessment of himself as a senior Fine Gael strategist for almost 40 years.

This off-the-cuff remark at the 2012 MacGill Summer School was accompanied by a speech entitled ''Political Corruption is not just about Brown Envelopes. It was a great speech.

To a rapt audience in Glenties, Co Donegal, Flannery defined corruption as the ''inappropriate use of power and authority...

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