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    DescriptionNo. 1 Bestseller A successful property developer in England, the Sligo-born Tom Gilmartin had ambitious plans for major retail developments in Dublin in the late 1980s. Little did he know that in order to do business in the city, senior politicians and public officials would want a slice of the action ...in large amounts of cash. Gilmartin blew the whistle on corruption at the heart of government and the city's planning system, and the fallout from his claims ultimately led to the resignation of the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, in 2008. The developer, who died in November 2013, was thoroughly vindicated in the final report of the Mahon Tribunal in March 2012. This is a compelling narrative of official wrong-doing and abuse of office. It exposes the roots of the political and financial disaster that has wreaked havoc in the lives of so many Irish people. Praise for the author: 'Frank Connolly is the best investigative journalist we've ever had.' Eamon Dunphy 'Tom Gilmartin did all Irish people an immense service by telling the truth about the corruption and cynicism he encountered at the very top of the political system. Frank Connolly brought Gilmartin's story to light, and does another great service by retelling that story with such vividness, clarity and power. As human and engaging as a novel, this is a truth stranger, and more urgent, than fiction.' Fintan O'Toole 'Frank Connolly lays bare, in cold, forensic detail, how hard it has been to arrive at certain truths, and the human price paid for those truths.' Theo Dorgan 'Frank Connolly's biography of the businessman who died last year is ultimately a pretty devastating account of how being bright, hardworking and ambitious was absolutely no use to Tom Gilmartin in his native country...It's a story worth retelling, but just as compelling is the deeper story, that emerges throughout the biography, of how Ireland failed Tom Gilmartin, not once, not even twice, but throughout his lifetime.' Donal O'Donovan Irish Independent Review 05 April 2014 'The corruption endemic in parts of Irish public life is clearly illustrated by the story of what happened to the developer and whistleblower Tom Gilmartin.' Frank McDonald Irish Times Weekend Review 05 April 2014 'If you want to keep your blood pressure down on holiday, then Frank Connolly's book probably isn't for you, but it deserves to be read. It's a maddening and deeply vital tale of how figures in Ireland's political establishment sought to enrich themselves at the expense of the people they had sworn to serve.' - Sunday Business Post


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    Title
    Tom Gilmartin
    Subtitle
    The Man Who Brought Down a Taoiseach and Exposed the Greed and Corruption at the Heart of Irish Politics
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Frank Connolly
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 233 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 470 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780717160471
    ISBN 10: 0717160475
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27430
    BIC E4L: POL
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBR
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.5
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: LNKW
    LC classification: HV
    Ingram Subject Code: PL
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 15
    BISAC V2.8: HIS018000
    Abridged Dewey: 364
    B&T General Subject: 805
    BIC subject category V2: JPZ
    BISAC V2.8: POL016000
    B&T Approval Code: C39205048, A40120000
    BISAC V2.8: LAW047000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBR
    DC22: 364.1323
    BISAC V2.8: TRU005000
    DC23: 364.1323
    BISAC region code: 1.5.3.0.0.0.0
    Ingram Theme: ASPT/POLTAS
    Thema V1.0: DNXC, JPZ, LNKW, LNFG2, JKVK
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1DDR
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    Gill & Macmillan Ltd
    Imprint name
    Gill & Macmillan Ltd
    Publication date
    15 September 2014
    Publication City/Country
    Dublin
    Author Information
    Frank Connolly is a distinguished investigative journalist whose work on political and police corruption contributed to the establishment of two judicial inquiries, the Flood/Mahon and the Morris Tribunals. He is currently Head of Communications with SIPTU, Ireland's largest trade union.
    Review quote
    'Frank Connolly is the best investigative journalist we've ever had.' -- Eamon Dunphy 'Tom Gilmartin did all Irish people an immense service by telling the truth about the corruption and cynicism he encountered at the very top of the political system. Frank Connolly brought Gilmartin's story to light, and does another great service by retelling that story with such vividness, clarity and power. As human and engaging as a novel, this is a truth stranger, and more urgent, than fiction.' -- Fintan O'Toole 'Frank Connolly lays bare, in cold, forensic detail, how hard it has been to arrive at certain truths, and the human price paid for those truths.' -- Theo Dorgan 'How an honourable man faced down a golden elite of extortionists. This is not so much a who-done-it as a who-did-Ireland.' -- Justine McCarthy