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Political Communication in the Republic of Ireland$
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Mark O’Brien and Donnacha Ó Beacháin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781781380277

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781380277.001.0001

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A private affair? Lobbying and transparency in modern Ireland

A private affair? Lobbying and transparency in modern Ireland

Chapter Nine A private affair? Lobbying and transparency in modern Ireland
Political Communication in the Republic of Ireland

Gary Murphy

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the role that lobbyists play in the political communication process and argues that lobbying is central to our understanding of Ireland’s building boom and the bank guarantee that followed. The dramatic rise and fall of the Celtic Tiger indicated that Ireland’s economic miracle of the 2000s was built on rather shaky foundations. But these were foundations that had been built under the urgings of lobbyists. In 2008 the government bailed out the private banking sector and lobbyists were again a crucial part of this decision. The chapter concludes by assessing whether lobbying as a form of political communication has resulted in a politics that is dominated by a small elite that has access to the avenues and levers of power within the Irish body politic.

Keywords:   lobbying, celtic tiger, lobbying regulation, political transparency, interest groups, banking bailout, Ireland

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