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 Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe at his office in Merrion Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe at his office in Merrion Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

As an escape from the hurly-burly of politics, Paschal Donohoe loves to get lost in a bit of science fiction. On the window sill beside his desk in the Department of Finance sits a collection of bobble-head figurines and collectibles, including Darth Vader and Chewbacca from Star Wars, the new Doctor Who (Jodie Whittaker), a Dalek and the Flash.

“I buy a couple of bobbleheads a year ... and I’ve a nice collection there. Informed guests sometimes give me gifts,” he says with a smile.

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