In 1969, Brian Friel wrote a satirical political drama, The Mundy Scheme, about the government trying to sell the West of Ireland to America as a cemetery.
He wrote it, he said, because we were “rapidly losing our identity as a people” and Ireland was “becoming a shabby imitation of a third-rate American state”.
The RTÉ series Charlie, which ends tonight, explores that same conflicted national identity, as Haughey attempts to reconcile...
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