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WT became the most ruthless of them all

A major documentary series examines the 12 men who have led our country since 1922, writes John-Paul McCarthy

Published 10/01/2010 | 05:00

TV3 is to be commended for its major new documentary on the office of Taoiseach, the first episode of which went out last week.

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While there have, of course, been many biographies of the 12 men who have been head of Irish governments since 1922, there has been relatively little written on the office of Taoiseach itself since Brian Farrell's classic Chairman or Chief? book.

While Taoiseach itself carried with it some initially unpleasant assonances with Caudillo, Fuhrer and Duce, all but one of the 12 men who wielded the prime ministerial sceptre have managed to keep their megalomanical tendencies in check.

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