15 years of crisis, achievement and controversy take their toll

The 25-year-old longhaired bearded Irish barman on New York's upper east side in 1975 is unlikely to have imagined the circumstances in which he would return to the same bar, the Mad Hatter, 21 years later.

He turned up there last year after spending five days in New York as Tanaiste, minister for foreign affairs and chairman of the EU's General Affairs Council representing the EU at the UN. He brought his officials to have a few beers and chicken wings in the bar where he had worked as a young man.

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