The following quote is from an editorial in yesterday’s Irish Times.
In truth, the vast majority of politicians are people of integrity, motivated by a sense of civic duty and a commitment to public service. Corruption in Ireland is not rife.
Wrong; Corruption is rife at every level of Irish society and in particular, as reported by Mahon, it is endemic within the political system.
Furthermore the vast majority of politicians operate very comfortably within the corrupt political/administrative system.