Christmas Preview 2010 | Politics & Current Affairs

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Perhaps not the most thrilling of titles in the mix this year, Gay Mitchell’s By Dáil Account: Auditing of Government, Past, Present and Future, published by the IPA, is a book worth reading in-depth, contemplating and hoping that some of the author’s recommendations are adopted.

Likewise John McGuinness And Naoise Nunn’s book, The House Always Wins: Time To Turn The Tables offers a scathing analysis from the inside of Leinster House and some possible remedies for the situation we find ourselves in.

Enough Is Enough by Irish Times columnist Fintan O’Toole and published by Faber & Faber is sure to garner both praise and attention and joins the growing ranks of books declaring the Irish State pretty much broken and in need of reform.

In the same vein, an already released, but not to be ignored title is 2016 A New Proclamation For A New Generation by Gerard O’Neill and published by Mercier Press. Gerard, an economist who writes the excellent Turbulence Ahead blog is also a director of Amárach Research.

Just in case you’ve not quite had your fill of builders, bankers and developers, Simon Kelly’s Breakfast with Anglo from Penguin Ireland is on the shelves now and offers an inside account of how things became so crazy in the development business.

Four Courts Press bring something beyond the financial crisis and look to nature for their Deluge: Ireland’s weather disasters, 2009-2010 by Kieran Hickey which examines the extreme Irish weather of winter 2009-2010.

Finally, a big annual seller in Ireland is The Irish Times Book of the Year 2010, edited by Peter Murtagh and published by Gill & Mcmillan and 2010 is unlikely to be any different.

The Books

By Dáil Account: Auditing of Government, Past, Present and Future | Gay Mitchell
HB | €25.00 | IPA | 9781904541905
The House Always Wins: Time To Turn The Tables |
PB | €16.99 | Gill & Macmillan | 9780717147892
Enough Is Enough | Fintan O’Toole
PB | €14.99 | Faber & Faber | 9780571270088
2016 A New Proclamation For A New Generation | Gerard O’Neill
HB | €14.99 | Mercier Press | 9781856356909
Breakfast with Anglo | Simon Kelly
PB | €16.99 | Penguin Ireland | 9781844882502
Deluge: Ireland’s weather disasters, 2009-2010 | Kieran Hickey
PB | €14.95 | Four Courts Press | 9781846822711
The Irish Times Book of the Year 2010 | Edited by Peter Murtagh
HB | €26.99 | Gill & Mcmillan | 9780717147885