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We are where we are has become one of the great truisms of the current crisis facing the country. But how did we get here and can an inspection of the roots of our modern failings – of government, state agencies and church – help us to pave a way forward?
Scandal Nation argues the case as it analyses twelve key events since the foundation of the Irish state that shaped us as a nation. It examines the culture within which these events occurred, how they unfolded and their impact on what followed.



THE SCANDALS

DEV’S FAILURE TO TALK THE TALK
The Civil War and the inception of a culture of party loyalty that has come to define modern Ireland for the worse.

SWEEPING DIRT UNDER THE CARPET
The Hospital Sweepstakes scandal and how the rule of law is ignored by successive governments . . . when the price is right.

JOBS FOR THE BOYS
The ‘Battle of Baltinglass’ and the prevailing culture of jobbery in Irish public life.

IN A STATE OF DISGRACE
The overturning of Noel Browne’s Mother and Child Scheme of the 1950s, and its legacy on Church-State relations.

A DONATION ONCE AGAIN
TACA in the 1960s and how it set the scene for the cosy culture of business donations in politics.

PLANNING FOR THE PAY DAY
From the first ignored warnings about Ray Burke and planning corruption right through to the planning tribunal, which lingers to this day.

THE BENT ARM OF THE LAW
From the activities of the ‘Heavy Gang’ of the 1970s to the Morris Tribunal.

BLOOD SISTERS
The Hepatitis C blood scandal and the failure of state agencies and government to face up to their mistakes, favouring denial of responsibility over the plight of citizens.

DOING THE STATE SOME DISSERVICE
CJ Haughey and the culture of corruption in the body politic.

BANKING ON THE STATE
The ICI and AIB bailout in 1985 and the culture of loosely governed banks and ensuing state bailouts.

BEN THERE, DUNNE THAT
How a drug-fuelled holiday in Florida ultimately led to the Moriarty Tribunal.

PASSPORT TO A NEW LIFE
The ‘passports for sale’ scandal, as successive governments put a price on Irish citizenship.

Reviews

For Bertie Ahern and the Drumcondra Mafia
2009
Fast-paced and tightly written . . . . Surveys show us to be appalled or enthralled with politics, and if you fit under either of these headings, this is for you.
Sunday Tribune
[The authors] have peered into the mist that surrounds the financial affairs of "The Bert" and come up with a very lucid and entertaining account of the story so far.
Irish Times
This is not just the story of the Drumcondra mafia; it is also a very readable account of Bertie's travails at the Mahon Tribunal and of his attempts to spin the story to the public.
Sunday Times
"Follow the money!" was the watchword of the underground car-park source, "Deep Throat", as he guided Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward through the intricacies of the Watergate affair. This is exactly what Clifford and Coleman do, as they lead us through the bewildering saga of alleged "dig-outs", curious foreign-currency transactions, parcels of cash in strange locations and other bizarre financial arrangements that make up the weird and wonderful world of Ahern and his money.
Irish Times