Saturday October 24, 2020

He fought the good fight, he has finished the race

By the time of his death in June 2006, Charles Haughey was the most polarising Irish leader of his generation. Browne, his former adversary and, later, close friend, reflects here on Haughey’s emotional funeral Mass.

30th July, 2017
Charles Haughey in November 1991, towards the end of his reign as taoiseach Pic: Tony Gavin/Getty

They may have made a mistake in the Haughey household more than 60 years ago. Perhaps Eoghan, the youngest, should have gone into politics, and Charlie should have entered the priesthood.

Charlie would certainly have become a cardinal; he would have loved the clothes and the ceremony. He would also have had his eye on the big job. And who knows?

It was Eoghan, however, who opted for the priesthood, but on his performance at the...

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