So has some years of recession and a change of government changed corruption here? Not according to the good folks at Transparency.org, we are 25th from the top, just ahead of Qatar, equal with Austria and just below St Lucia and France:
2012 Corruption Perceptions Index -- Results
Back in 2001 under the management of the Blessed Bertie we came in at 18th (see p 232):
Global Corruption Report 2001
The winners - Finland, New Zealand, Denmark etc. - are small open knowledge economies just like Ireland. So why aren't we up with them?