Sunday December 8, 2019

Power Play: The story of Charles Haughey and Tony Gregory

For a singular moment in history, Dublin’s impoverished north inner city was at the centre of the national discourse, and had an eloquent, impassioned leader fighting for it

28th January, 2018
Charles Haughey cut the Gregory Deal in February 1982 Pic: Getty

One evening in February 1982, Bertie Ahern drove Charles Haughey to a modest building on Summerhill Parade, at the edge of the city bounded by the Royal Canal. Ahern stayed in the car while Haughey went inside, to a threadbare office lit by a bare lightbulb. “I know what I want,” he told the three men there. “What do you want?”

Two and a half weeks later, Haughey would return to this...

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