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Donations from the rich are always corrupt
By: Date: Apr-14-2011

Vincent Browne points out the obvious truth in the Irish Times:

"When last was somebody from St Michael’s Estate in Inchicore or Dolphin House in Dublin or Southill in Limerick or Knocknaheeny in Cork in a minister’s office? When last was someone from those areas invited to dinner with a minister in the K Club? Yet this happens almost incidentally to the wealthy. Many of such meetings are around political party fundraisers and the reason rich people like to go to these, invariably dreary affairs, is because it offers an opportunity to access the “ear” of a minister, and therefore influence policy. Of course ministers like to socialise with the glamorous rich, from whatever party they come – it seems to add to their sense of status."

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