Saturday February 22, 2020

First Person

Jonathan Aitken 73, author, on childhood in a TB ward in Dublin

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer

@whytebarry
3rd January, 2016
Jonathan Aitken Pic: Getty

Jonathan Aitken was once described as a future British prime minister. Then in 1999, he was convicted of perjury after an ill-judged libel case against the Guardian. He was sent to prison and found God, before returning to public life as a writer, businessman and Christian minister. Born in Dublin, Aitken’s grandfather was John Maffey, later Lord Rugby, the first British representative to the free Irish state. As a three-year-old boy in Dublin, Aitken was...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader

Trial

€1

Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.

Annual

€200

€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.

Quarterly

€55

€42

90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

Poor Sad Childless Jen is over. All hail Hot Happy Childfree Jen, in possession of a brand-new Sag award and the undying love of her famous ex

Emer McLysaght | 3 weeks ago

When Peter McGovern heard the CCJ being described as a colosseum, he knew he had succeeded

Rosanna Cooney | 1 month ago

The Chinese New Year celebrations begin this Saturday. Here’s your guide to what’s on, what it all means and, most importantly, where to eat the best dumplings

Sarah Taaffe-Maguire | 1 month ago