Monday 25 September 2017

Elaine Byrne: Major reform is essential to tackling white-collar crime

Our system of fighting financial corruption needs to be completely overhauled.

Elaine Byrne

I spent three years of my life writing a book about the history of scandal in Ireland since the foundation of the State.

The only theme that runs through it is this sense of impunity and the absence of consequence. We are remarkably good as a country at establishing inquiries, publishing reports and ultimately complaining that nothing has changed.

The debate on the Anglo tapes is dominated by the clamour for a banking inquiry. Absent in all this is how to stop such a scandal from ever happening again.

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