Mary Harney/Ireland: High Tech Hibernia

Mary Harney, Ireland's 46-year-old vice-premier, remembers her country in the 1980s as an inward-looking place, locked into age-old doctrines and rivalries. The economy was sagging, Ireland's best and brightest were leaving. Harney, who co-founded a free-trade Progressive Democrat party in 1985, found few takers for her tax-cutting, school-building, high-tech pitch.

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