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Chief Whip Dara Calleary arrives for the first Cabinet meeting at Dublin Castle. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Chief Whip Dara Calleary arrives for the first Cabinet meeting at Dublin Castle. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

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Chief Whip Dara Calleary arrives for the first Cabinet meeting at Dublin Castle. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Bertie Ahern was driving his boss Charlie Haughey around his Dublin Central constituency in his battered red Ford Escort. 

It was just after the February 1982 general election campaign which delivered a hung Dáil, and for the 30-year-old Ahern it was an unpleasant errand as his boss was making offers to benefit a certain local rival, Tony Gregory. The crocked car had also been a mobile election campaign office and was still filled with posters, leaflets and general rubbish. It was not the standard of motor Charlie aspired to.

"God, we'll have to do something about a car for you," Haughey said at one stage, in a clear effort to reassure his young protégé.