Ireland still under the influence

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

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Elaine Byrne

20th April, 2014
Flannery had a vested interest in utilising his preferential access to Fine Gael decision makers. If there is a more inside track, I can't imagine it.

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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