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Maeve Dineen: Unwelcome return to spotlight for the great survivor Goodman

Published 16/01/2013 | 05:00

WITH every passing day, Ireland feels more and more like an episode from RTE's 'Reeling in the Years' circa 1987. Emigrants coming home at Christmas to tearful scenes at the airport. Rioters throwing petrol bombs in Belfast. A divisive debate about abortion in Dublin and another new album from David Bowie.

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Now another dollop of unwanted nostalgia – a fresh controversy involving beef baron Larry Goodman.

Mr Goodman has been flying under the radar for some time but there was a time when he was one of the most powerful men in the country – a man so powerful, in fact, that TDs had to fly home from their holidays to attend a special sitting of the Dail to clear up the mess when his company almost went bang.

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