Saturday October 31, 2020

There was uno Duce, una voce – and also uno Mara

Mara's biographer analyse's his career arc from humble beginnings to the top of the Irish political tree

17th January, 2016
Master and servant: Mara looks on approvingly as Charles Haughey gives a speech in May 1989

Patrick James Mara was an unlikely press officer for any political party, let alone a government press secretary, yet he proved himself to be superb at both. The son of a Free State policeman and a fiercely republican Galway-born mother, he grew up in a modest two-bedroomed home in Dublin’s Drumcondra, in what was later to become the political heartland of Bertie Ahern.

Mara first joined the O’Donovan Rossa Cumann of Fianna Fáil...

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