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The Untouchables: The people who helped wreck Ireland - and are still running the show [Paperback]

Shane Ross , Nick Webb
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5 Oct 2012

A devastating new exposé from the bestselling authors of The Bankers and Wasters.

In March 2011, the Irish people elected a new government. But how much had really changed? In The Untouchables, Shane Ross and Nick Webb shine a light into dark corners of official Ireland to show that the blame for running the country into the ground goes well beyond Fianna Fáil, and that a dismaying number of the people who should share the blame are still in situ: in the civil service, on the boards of the leading companies, and in the banks, law firms, and consultancies that carry so much influence in deciding who wins and who loses. They name names, trace connections, and show how the untouchables managed to do so much damage, how they got away with it, and how so many of them are still in positions of power and influence in Ireland.

'Fascinating ... required reading for anyone interested in how crony capitalism and power work in practice in Ireland' Irish Times

'The Untouchables is hard to put down. Read it and seethe.' Irish Independent

Shane Ross is an independent TD for Dublin South, and columnist in the Sunday Independent. Nick Webb is business editor of the Sunday Independent. They are the authors of Wasters, 2010's top-selling Irish current affairs title.


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Ireland (5 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844882772
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844882779
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 634,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fascinating ... required reading for anyone interested in how crony capitalism and power work in practice in Ireland (Irish Times)

The Untouchables is hard to put down. Read it and seethe. (Irish Independent)

About the Author

Shane Ross is an independent TD for Dublin South, and columnist in the Sunday Independent. Nick Webb is business editor of the Sunday Independent. They are the authors of Wasters, 2010's top-selling Irish current affairs title.


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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, after a good start 9 Oct 2012
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In my opinion, this seemed like a 'book of two halves'. It started off strongly, with a series of gasp-inducing stories about greed, cronyism, incompetence and political back-scratching. If it had stopped there, or better still, had it continued with its initial momentum, I would have rated it more highly. But I felt it lost its way half way through, and I found the second half little more than a listing of names and a recycling of old political stories. I spent a great deal of my life in Ireland, particularly during the period covered in the book, so had a reasonable knowledge of much of what is described. That said, some of it still managed to shock and outrage me! That's the positive side of the book - I just felt it ran out of steam after a good start.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK 7 April 2013
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GREAT BOOK

Interesting and well documented. I gave it to the Copenhagen Business School Library which will make it available to their MBA students
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4.0 out of 5 stars Do not read if you are alread in a bad humour! 5 Nov 2012
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Excellent read. Lots of facts and figures. Not the kind of book that can be read in one sitting...too much to absorb.

It untangles a very tangled web. You begin to notice the same names crop up again and again ...It is a bit like reading the findings from a tribunal.

But definitely worth reading.Just dont expect any laughs here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 11 Mar 2013
By Pete Moss - Published on Amazon.com
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A good account of just what really went wrong in Ireland.
As another reader said, don't read if in a foul mood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Untouchables 7 Dec 2012
By David ODonnell - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellent read written by the great Shane Ross with Nick Webb
It throws light on how corrupt Ireland is and how the little guy has no chance
Well worth buying if for other reason than to get yourself mad as hell !!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars No "Barbarians at the Gate" but pretty good 6 Dec 2012
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This book is excellent on the facts, figures and analysis but lighter on the dramatisation of the events. I'm sure it achieves its objectives and is well-written, well-researched and well-edited. In years to come this would make great reading in a secondary school civics class but I suspect our education system will never be that enlightened.

Even now, so close to the bust, you have to wonder if we have any business governing ourselves. The listings of the great and the good are interesting in a prurient kind of way.
3.0 out of 5 stars Gossipy 15 July 2013
By Liam Boyle - Published on Amazon.com
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Sometimes fascinating, sometimes boring. Ross has a gossipy style - he tells some truly shocking stories of the Untouchables - the people in Irish society who have great power, and who seem to glide from position to position without ever been held accountable for mistakes and wrongdoing. The trouble is, he is equally indignant at really damaging wrongdoing as he is at minor slips, or even at people who have done no wrong. It makes for a tiresome read, but possibly worth it for the nuggets.
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