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John Downing


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The Cabinet of the 33rd Dail ahead of its first meeting in Dublin Castle in June 2020. Photo: Julien Behal

The Cabinet of the 33rd Dail ahead of its first meeting in Dublin Castle in June 2020. Photo: Julien Behal

The Cabinet of the 33rd Dail ahead of its first meeting in Dublin Castle in June 2020. Photo: Julien Behal

One quiet Monday afternoon, when I thought I had Leinster House almost entirely to myself, I crossed a government minister on the stairway as he was coming from Government Buildings.

The normally affable politician had a face like thunder and barely managed a grunted salute. I did not need to be a political Einstein to deduce he would soon be a “former minister”.


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