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The INM/Denis Naughten fiasco has shone a light on lobbying - not because of laws on transparency, but because of random chance

‘I think it’s probably bullshit. It’s still not going to stop people having quiet words in corners.”

That was the assessment of the late PJ Mara when he surveyed the Fine Gael-Labour coalition’s pending laws around lobbying back in 2013. The laws were, according to the Government announcement intended to “shine a light on what is happening - who is contacting whom and about what.”

Mara became one of the first to carve...

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