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A new regular column on the political upheaval in "these islands" starts its journey with scandal-ridden Dublin

By John Lloyd   April 1999

Dropping slow

It’s an overused word-revolution-but Ireland is having one, in the overused sense. We haven’t paid much attention in Britain because Irish news is usually confined to how far the Irish government is assisting the peace process. But we are missing a spasm of disgust with corruption rather like that which convulsed Italy in the early 1990s.

Very large public figures are being investigated by commissions established to sift a bewildering blizzard of allegations. Most of these are about the standard kickbacks from businessmen-usually builders-to politicians or their parties. The emerging picture is of networks of money and influence…

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