Monday 11 December 2017

Farewell to nation's watchman

Dermot Nally served as chief adviser on Northern Ireland policy under five taoisigh, writes John-Paul McCarthy

AS WE say goodbye to that extraordinary public servant Dermot Nally, the mind reels somewhat as it contemplates his epic career.

He walked alongside an ashen-faced Jack Lynch in 1979 as that sad and aloof Taoiseach once again donned his funereal best and braced that athlete's frame against the furies unleashed by the murder of Lord Mountbatten.

Nally told me a few years ago that both he and Lynch overheard two men talking at a bus stop outside Westminster Abbey.

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