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The Price of Power: Inside Ireland's Crisis Coalition

The Price of Power: Inside Ireland's Crisis Coalition

Pat Leahy

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The Price of Power is the riveting inside story of how Fine Gael and Labour swept into power in February 2011 and what happened next.


They had promised a new politics. They would stand up to Europe (Labour's way or Frankfurt's way), get the country working again (Fine Gael's five point plan), reverse the culture of favours and jobs for the boys, stand up to vested interests and protect the vulnerable.

But even before the ink was dry on a coalition deal, senior figures in both parties knew that not a word of their election rhetoric would be realized - the economic situation was even worse than their direst imaginings. This is the story of trying to govern a country on the verge of ruin - the favours, the deals, the policy compromises and previously unthinkable choices that had to be made.

It is a gripping tale of high drama (and high dudgeon), of betrayal, backstabbing and disillusionment, of those who rose to the challenge and those who withered under the strain. In Showtime, acclaimed political writer Pat Leahy got under the skin of the Fianna Fáilled government that wrecked Ireland.

Now, with the same mix of unrivalled inside information, astute analysis and exciting writing, he lifts the lid on the coalition that is supposed to get us out of the fix.

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Author Pat Leahy
Publisher Penguin Ireland
Publication date 1 Jul 2014
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781844882847

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