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Apology after family denies Thatcher and Gaddafi were guests of Haughey

Promotional material for the sale of the former home of ex-Taoiseach Charles Haughey incorrectly stated that Margaret Thatcher and Colonel Gaddafi were once guests at the mansion.

Charles Haughey at his home in Abbeville in 1982.
Charles Haughey at his home in Abbeville in 1982.
Image: Photocall Ireland

THE ESTATE AGENT responsible for the sale of Charlie Haughey’s former Abbeville home has apologised after it wrongly said that ex-Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and ex-British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had been entertained at the mansion.

In a press release and a brochure advertising the sale of the property for €7.5 million yesterday, Savills said that the 14-bedroomed Georgian mansion in north Dublin had once played host to among others, Gaddafi and Thatcher.

But the family of the deceased former Taoiseach told RTÉ News that reports that this was the case were incorrect and raised concerns that it was reported that Gaddafi, who died after being deposed in a bloody revolution in Libya last year, was a guest of Haughey’s.

“We wish to state that neither of these people were ever in Abbeville,” the family said.

In a statement Savills said: “We understood this to be true at the time, but based on clarification from the Haughey family we are making all appropriate amendments and have reviewed the wording in our brochure.  We would like to apologise for any confusion caused. ”

In pictures: Haughey’s former mansion at Abbeville on sale for €7.5m

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