Access for sale the new rules of engagement

New laws governing lobbying, requiring routine public disclosure of contacts between politicians, officials and those who seek to influence their decisions, come into operation this week

30th August, 2015
Leinster House: few people can swank around its corridors buttonholing ministers on behalf of clients Picture: Maura Hickey

Ulysses S Grant, 18th president of the United States, liked a whiskey and a cigar of an evening.

After his dinner, Grant, who won the presidency after leading the Union army to crush the Confederacy in the last phase of the Civil War, would often stroll two blocks from the White House to the Willard Hotel, where he would partake of these manly refreshments in the lobby. Members of Congress, businessmen and ordinary citizens would...

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