Thursday 23 November 2017

Elaine Byrne: Corruption bill is a red light for our politicians

Three-time Taoiseach Charles Haughey has become synonymous with political corruption in the Irish system
Three-time Taoiseach Charles Haughey has become synonymous with political corruption in the Irish system

New law will stop our leaders prostituting themselves and make Ireland a world leader in anti-corruption measures, says Elaine Byrne

I LIVED in the red light district of Vienna in 2007. My apartment was the only building on the block that wasn't a brothel. The white prostitutes in fake fur coats hung out at the top of the street, while the black prostitutes occupied the bottom corner.

My first columns on political corruption were written from that apartment, looking out the window, watching the men decide on which women to have.

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