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Paul O'Connell might not have been the first choice by he can restore the fear factor that's missing in the Ireland camp

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Familiar face: Paul O’Connell has been brought into the Ireland backroom team

Familiar face: Paul O’Connell has been brought into the Ireland backroom team

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Familiar face: Paul O’Connell has been brought into the Ireland backroom team

I have a fascination with Pablo Escobar, the former Colombian drug baron who met a grisly end in Medellin in 1993.

To run a business as efficiently as he did, the currency he traded in was fear. Plata o plomo was his punchline when it came to co-operation with adversaries or stubborn government employees - silver or lead.

Fear is one of the great imperatives.


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