Synopses & Reviews
Remember the time Ray Burke had trees planted for a by-election, then uprooted them when he lost? Remember the time Brian Cowen went on radio with a voice like Barry White, leading everyone to think he spent the night before on the black stuff? Or remember the time Pee Flynn told us a story of three house, six-figure woe and asked us all to "try it some time?" Politics is a strange business at the best of times, but Irish politics seems to have a special kind of strangeness about it, so much so that you often have to wonder, "Did that actually happen?" With characteristic wry humor, columnist and broadcaster Paddy Duffy recounts the ridiculous but true stories that make Irish politics what it is: intriguing, amusing, and completely daft as a brush. If you're looking for a book that gets to the heart of our political system and offers solutions for the future, then you're probably in the wrong section. No navel-gazing, just belly-laughing.
About the Author
Paddy Duffy is a columnist and broadcaster from Donegal. He writes the weekly news review "What Kind of Week Has It Been?" for the Huffington Post and is a regular commentator on RTE Radio 1's Drivetime. He has also written for the New York-based diaspora website IrishCentral.com and the European Youth Press, and has at various times featured in Al Jazeera, on the BBC, in the Donegal News, and in the Irish Times. He has also worked on TV shows such as Top Gear and University Challenge, and for nearly ten years he has been a youth worker, tutoring politics to young people as diverse as the Donegal Youth Council and political science first year students the day before an exam.