Actor Chris O'Dowd has revealed he is writing a new comedy about Ireland's boom and bust.

Speaking to Screen Daily about the script, O'Dowd said: "Because that economic problem was such a well-known case I think it will have international appeal.

"It's about a countryside chancer who buys properties and makes his way up through the market and ends up in government before corrupting it. It would take place over a 15-year period."

O'Dowd's upcoming smalltown Ireland sitcom Moone Boy has already been recommissioned for a second series by Sky1. His new film, The Sapphires, opens in Irish cinemas on November 2.