A courteous gentleman, liked by all at Leinster House
Up to now Pat Carey was probably best known for a piece of iconic television which caused a major spike in viewership.
It was November 2010, a dark time of imminent loss of sovereignty and the arrival of the EU-ECB-IMF Troika. Gaeltacht Minister Pat Carey had the unenviable task of defending the indefensible and was under heavy attack from former Labour leader, Pat Rabbitte, whose anger built to a crescendo.
"You ought to be ashamed of yourself," Pat Rabbitte roared, berating Carey for "comin' on here with your aul' palaver".