What's in a name? In Irish politics, it seems that those who follow their relatives into politics - brothers, sisters, aunts, cousins, sons, and daughters of politicians - have a special ability to win seats in Dail Eireann, the lower house of the Irish parliament. In this fascinating look at the topic of family in Irish politics, author Johnny Fallon explores some of the more familiar names in Irish politics and the history of the dynasties behind them. With a skeptical eye, he assesses the current standing of some of the best known families after what has been a traumatic time in Irish politics, and he explores the ruthlessness, the skullduggery, and the mechanics of keeping a dynasty going. With an introduction from RTE political correspondent David Davin-Power, Dynasties: Irish Political Families is a must for political buffs and casual readers alike.
Publication Date: 11/1/2011