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A man imbued with hope and courage

The former finance minister did not shirk the harsh reality of his job or of his illness, writes Jody Corcoran

Published 23/10/2011 | 05:00

Autumn has given way to winter. The signs were evident last week; on Monday morning a sharp wind blew through the tall trees and fulsome hedgegrows of north county Dublin.

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On the car radio, Jim Flaherty, the Finance Minister of Canada, in Dublin for a business lunch -- he stopped over from a G20 meeting in Paris -- was talking the doom-laden talk of Europe still in crisis.

In the distance was St David's, small but distinctive, which serves a Church of Ireland community around Kilsallaghan, a parish in the barony of Castleknock.

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