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From zero to hero may be too big an ask, even for CJ

It will take more than WikiLeaks to rehabilitate the late Taoiseach's political reputation, says John Paul McCarthy

Published 12/06/2011 | 05:00

THE Irish WikiLeaks cables did not tell us much that was astoundingly new, but one of them re-ignited an old debate likely to preoccupy us in the future.

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In one of the leaked cables we got a secondhand report of a conversation between the US ambassador and the powerful former secretary of the Department of the Taoiseach, Padraig O hUiginn.

Discussing Irish economic success, O hUiginn apparently told the ambassador that "although the concepts behind Ireland's reforms had been simple, the political will to carry out the reforms had only come in the context of the mid-Eighties, economic meltdown".

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