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Wise Guy: The Ray Burke Story

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Ray Burke

Wise Guy is the story of Ray Burke - a popular man who had power and status, but lost it all because of his own corruption.

"I must say I liked Ray Burke. He was friendly, good company, generous. You could never put your hand in your pocket for a drink when Ray was around. I didn't know where he got "the walking around money" as he called it. We knew he was bold but we didn't realise how bold. We didn't know about all the corruption behind the generosity."

- Sean Duignan, former Government Press Secretary and former broadcaster.

Wise Guy is the story of Ray Burke - a popular man who had power and status, but lost it all because of his own corruption. From planning and development in North Dublin to the setting up of Century radio, many of Burke's political actions have emerged as motivated by greed and sullied by acts of bribery.

For decades, Burke brazenly saw off all attempts by the Gardaí and the media to bring him to account. Wise Guy looks at the remarkable and unpredictable chain of events that finally led to his downfall. It recalls some of the many colourful anecdotes about Burke - such as the time he ordered the removal of newly planted trees from a West Dublin estate after Fianna Fáil lost a by-election.

Colm Mac Eochaidh, one of those involved in events leading to Ray Burke's fall from grace, tells Scannal reporters that an Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern ignored specific warnings about Burke's corrupt activities before appointing him as minister for foreign affairs.

The programme also features insights into Burke from former Government Press Secretary Seán Duignan, former Labour party councillor, Frank Buckley and broadcaster, Cathal Mac Coille.

Producer: Gerry Gregg
Reporter: Facthna Ó Drisceoil

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