In October 2006, the then justice minister and Progressive Democrats leader Michael McDowell gave a speech in Malahide, Co Dublin. It was the beginning of the early run-up to the general election due some six months later and McDowell was seeking to fly an electoral kite.
In retrospect, McDowell can hardly have imagined the catastrophic and long-term impact his words that morning would have.
McDowell not only strongly suggested that the general election represented an opportunity...
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