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Lack of trust in politicians killed hopes of reform

The deep sense of disrespect for the political class has not gone away with a new government, writes Elaine Byrne

Elaine Byrne

Published 06/11/2011 | 05:00

It takes a remarkable form of ingenuity, or arrogance, to get an electorate to reject a proposal that would have finally brought bankers Sean FitzPatrick, Michael Fingleton and David Drumm before a public inquiry. Yet, somehow, Alan Shatter, Brendan Howlin and the rest of the established politicians in Leinster House managed it.

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Now, less than nine months from an election that was hailed -- mainly by those who were elected -- as a revolution, the reform agenda is dying.

The defeat of the Oireachtas inquiries referendum was a spectacular own goal for the Government's ambitious reform agenda.

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