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Shrewd: Michael McGrath’s views on the world remain something of a mystery. Photo: Frank McGrath

Shrewd: Michael McGrath’s views on the world remain something of a mystery. Photo: Frank McGrath

Shrewd: Michael McGrath’s views on the world remain something of a mystery. Photo: Frank McGrath

Druid's Glen 2007

Bertie Ahern had the ability to work a room so fast he often ended up inadvertently coming back around on a second lap. Fianna Fáil's TDs and senators were gathered in the Druid's Glen Hotel in Co Wicklow for their annual pre-return of the Dáil shindig in September 2007. Ahern's party had pulled off a stunning three-in-a-row of election victories months earlier even with the shadow of the then Taoiseach's past personal finances hanging over the campaign.


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