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Belief that corruption in Ireland is endemic is unworldly and unwise

More should be done to convict office-holders who take bribes, even if corruption is less of a problem in Ireland than many believe, writes Dan O'Brien

Published 13/12/2015 | 02:30

'The truth is that in most countries across the world, behaviour like that of the most corrupt politician in the Irish State’s history — Charles Haughey — is pretty commonplace'
'The truth is that in most countries across the world, behaviour like that of the most corrupt politician in the Irish State’s history — Charles Haughey — is pretty commonplace'

Violent crimes take place across the country every day. Does this mean that Irish people are culturally inclined towards crime and violence?

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Child abuse has taken place in institutions where people who were entrusted with the care of minors committed appalling crimes against those kids. Does that mean that Ireland is a special case when it comes to paedophilia, or that it is endemic and systemic?

The answer to both questions is no, and anyone with even the vaguest familiarity with the rest of the world knows that.

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