Political dynasty secrets go unrevealed

Dynasties: Irish Political Families by Johnny Fallon. New Island, €17. Reviewed by John Burke.

8th January, 2012
Political dynasty secrets go unrevealed
Sean and Charles Haughey in 1992, the year that Sean took his father's Dáil seat. Photo: Photocall

Dynasties: Irish Political Families by Johnny Fallon

The election to public office of the son, daughter, sibling or widow of a well-regarded politician is not a practice unique to Ireland. Still, many notable Irish politicians have benefited from this often controversial form of electoral ascension.

The names of the best-known families are familiar to even the casual observer; the late Charles Haughey and his son Sean; Ber Cowen and his sons Barry and former taoiseach...

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