Saturday October 31, 2020

A man convinced he was born to rule

In a book published in 1969, Conor Cruise O’Brien referred to Charles J Haughey, then an established Fianna Fail minister, as ‘‘an aristocrat in the proper sense of the word; not a nobleman or even a gentleman, but one who believed in the right of th

17th June, 2006

O’Brien continued: ‘‘He was at any rate better, or at least more intelligent and interesting than most of his colleagues. He was considered a competent minister and spoke in parliament with bored but conclusive authority. There were enough rumours about him to forma legend of sorts.”

This assessment is still relevant to any obituary of Haughey - 37 years on - despite it being written before the Arms Trial, Haughey’s...

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