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Hell at the Gates:: The Inside Story of Ireland's Financial Downfall

Hell at the Gates:: The Inside Story of Ireland's Financial Downfall

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Overview

On 28 November 2010, the Irish government infamously agreed to a bailout from the Troika to save Ireland’s failing economy. This decision had huge and long-lasting social implications for Ireland and her people, and led to the annihilation of Fianna Fáil and its allies in the 2011 general election. In 'Hell at the Gates', Brian Cowen, the late Brian Lenihan, Eamon Ryan, Micheál Martin, Mary Harney and many others, recount for the first time in their own words the inside story behind the actions of the most hated government in living memory. The result is a deeply honest, intensely personal and revelation-strewn account of their experiences in the white heat of an economic meltdown. It reveals the extent to which Cowen and Lenihan’s relationship disintegrated, how members of the government were physically attacked by the public and also gives the definitive account by Micheál Martin himself of why he chose in early 2011 to move against his embattled leader. As Mary O’Rourke said of those days, ‘There was drama, tragedy, pathos, comedy, farce, love and death. It was like a Shakespearean drama.’ John Lee and Daniel McConnell have interviewed the people who were at the coalface of this drama, to produce a gripping account of those fateful days in and around Leinster House.


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ISBN-13: 9781781173954
Publisher: Mercier Press, Limited, The
Publication date: 10/14/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 735 KB

About the Author

John Lee is political editor at the 'Irish Mail on Sunday'. He has been a jounalist since 1995, has worked in Leinster House for over ten years and has also covered international political events in Washington, Paris and London. He also works regularly as a political analyst on radio and television. Daniel McConnell is Political Editor of the 'Irish Examiner' and was Group Political Correspondent with Independent News and Media for ten years. He is also a regular contributor to national and international TV and radio programmes.

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On 28 November 2010, the Irish government infamously agreed to a bailout from the Troika to save Ireland’s failing economy. This decision had huge and long-lasting social implications for Ireland and her people, and led to the annihilation of Fianna Fáil and its allies in the 2011 general election.

In 'Hell at the Gates', Brian Cowen, the late Brian Lenihan, Eamon Ryan, Micheál Martin, Mary Harney and many others, recount for the first time in their own words the inside story behind the actions of the most hated government in living memory. The result is a deeply honest, intensely personal and revelation-strewn account of their experiences in the white heat of an economic meltdown. It reveals the extent to which Cowen and Lenihan’s relationship disintegrated, how members of the government were physically attacked by the public and also gives the definitive account by Micheál Martin himself of why he chose in early 2011 to move against his embattled leader.

As Mary O’Rourke said of those days, ‘There was drama, tragedy, pathos, comedy, farce, love and death. It was like a Shakespearean drama.’ John Lee and Daniel McConnell have interviewed the people who were at the coalface of this drama, to produce a gripping account of those fateful days in and around Leinster House.

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