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
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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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