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Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe: ‘If politics is ultimately about choice, those choices were as hard as they can get’


by Dearbhail McDonald
07.07.21

Read time: 15 mins

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe speaks to IMAGE Business Club about the most demanding period of his life, the potential of “a particularly unjust double whammy” for women following the Covid-19 pandemic and his political diaries that are “too frank” to see the light of day.

There are many similarities between Paschal Donohoe and the late Denis Healey, the former Labour Deputy Leader and Chancellor of the Exchequer who once dominated British politics.  Like Healey, Ireland’s Finance Minister and Eurogroup President is a cultural aesthete whose gruelling workload does not get in the way of his love of the arts, especially music, philosophy, Star Wars, X-men bobbleheads and, of course, books.  Both men held the public purse strings during the some...

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