Charlie McCreevy, a former minister for finance, has long been regarded as one of the most astute observers and practitioners of Irish politics. Within Fianna Fail, his ability to read the numbers made him an electioneering legend and a key political strategist.
Ridiculed in some quarters for his common-sense approach to high politics, McCreevy was prescient in judging how national politics played to the person in the street - his tax reforms, such as individualisation,...
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