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March 28, 2012

Reflections on Mahon

original correspondence from the mahon report

Martha in the LIT-Clonmel  Bureau | 172 words

The Mahon report was set up to examine allegations of payments to politicians and corruption within the irish government. The Word Cloud above shows this very clearly.

The Mahon Report's main focus was on former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. This is documented in the Mahon Report. Politicians received money from property developers then often made decisions favourable to those developers. Although new housing estates were built, surrounding infrastructure often never received planning consideration.

Today in Ireland, there are hundrends of houses and bulidings around the country that are left uncompleted. In the local area, it's easy to see vacant houses on the Dublin Road overlooking the Rock of Cashel and the same kind of ghost estate near Glenconner in Clonmel, County Tipperary.

For me, a third level student and an observer of the Mahon Report, I feel it was wrong for the government to spend so much money on wages, expenses and pensions. It was wrong to accept money for access to politicians. And it is wrong to be cleaning up the banking mess that evolved on the back of an overheated economy falsely powered by construction.


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