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Mandarin Kevin Cardiff had the gift of proximity

28th February, 2016
Brian Lenihan and Kevin Cardiff at the height of the crisis Picture: Tony O’Shea

When Kevin Cardiff was catapulted into the public eye in late 2011, it was not on favourable terms. “Fat cat”, “mandarin” and “sackable” were words bandied about in connection with the former secretary general of the Department of Finance. The Irish Daily Mail called him a man who invoked the “Bart Simpson defence” (I didn’t do it, nobody saw me do it, you can’t prove anything). But if that was the caricature, the reality was...

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