When Pope John Paul II announced his visit to Ireland in 1979, Charles Haughey was terrified that someone would try to shoot him. The minister for health sought advice from a friend of his, a British author who had created perhaps the most famous fictional assassin in history. Frederick Forsyth, author of The Day of the Jackal and resident in Co Wicklow for tax reasons, thought Haughey’s fears were bizarre but agreed to compile a...
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