Thursday 24 August 2017

Daniel McConnell: Access to the corridors of power is lucrative for political insiders

Former ministers and advisers have the edge in the 'Wild West' world of Leinster House lobbying

Former Leinster House grandees turned lobbyists
Former Leinster House grandees turned lobbyists
TRANSPARENCY: Senator John Whelan called for a lobbyist to resign from his position on a quango. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Daniel McConnell

Daniel McConnell

'Will Frank Flannery be able to keep his pass for Leinster House?" That was the question asked around the Dail after his shock resignation from Fine Gael last week.

To the outside world, people would think it odd why such a trivial issue would matter so much. He quickly lost his pass, by the way. But in the unregulated world of lobbying here, holding the pass means access to power.

Access equals influence and influence delivers a pay day from clients.

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