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...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Get basic

*New subscribers only

You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

2 Yearly



Unlimited Access for 2 Years

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Share this post

Related Stories

TV review: A Regency romp with pomp but little else

Appetite for Distraction: the best in home entertainment

Radio: Learning the hard way as a lockdown closes schools again

Culture Counter: A year of many ups despite the downs