Radicals who became redundant

When they burst onto the scene in late 1985, the PDs caught the public’s imagination with their clarion call of economic liberalism and self-reliance, but couldn’t keep it up.

20th September, 2008

When they burst onto the scene in late 1985, the PDs caught the public’s imagination with their clarion call of economic liberalism and self-reliance, but couldn’t keep it up.

It’s hard to imagine Des O’Malley as the leader of a charismatic movement. Courageous, principled and steely, yes. But prickly as thorny wire, too. Yet that is the role in which he found himself cast after eventually succumbing to the urgings of Mary...

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