Saturday 3 December 2016

Ronald Quinlan:The stories we might not have been able to tell

Published 06/01/2013 | 05:00

Politicians accepting donations behind closed doors at private clubs for the rich and powerful; a government minister struck down by a serious illness at his country's hour of greatest need; the former chief of a bank that brought a nation to the brink of bankruptcy takes refuge in a luxurious mansion overseas as the developers he bankrolled continue to live it up, owing the taxpayer billions.

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These are just some of the stories that have been published by the Sunday Independent since the financial crisis began. But would stories like these make it into print in the future if politicians were to get their way and tighten the laws on privacy.

* When the crash came, Derek Quinlan went to live in Switzerland and then to London, leaving multimillion-euro debts behind him. When we first caught up with him in Lausanne, we stood accused of invading his privacy. As the Irish taxpayer pays the price for Derek and his ilk, the former financier still lives the high life.

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