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12 April 2017


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'Tis not James Joyce's 'Finnigan's Wake' that O'Neill carries in his pocket. He's followed the advice given to Richard Mulcahy by De Valera in 1920.

Having studied Accounctancy and Economics, O'Neill carries in his pocket a well thumbed Copy of Niccolo Machiavelli's 'The Prince'.

Mulcahy described 'The Prince' as a handbook for teddyboys; a way of exerting gangsterism on a part of Italy.

Nigh on a century ago, faith n begora.

But not entirely a revelation.

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