Never one to downplay his own intelligence, Michael McDowell fatally overestimated the esteem in which he was held by the electorate.
In March 2005,when reviewing a history of the UCD L&H debating society Michael McDowell began by suggesting that, in the past, UCD had been ‘‘the powerhouse of independent Ireland’’ and finished it by insisting that UCD is still ‘‘the powerhouse of the Irish state’’.
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