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# Charles Haughey

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# state papers 1990
Haughey rebuked British ambassador after Thatcher questioned Ireland’s will to defeat IRA
An Irish official relayed that ambassador Sir Nicholas Fenn explained Thatcher had been speaking with a “certain sense of exasperation”.
# birmingham six
Irish Government rejected request to stand bail for Birmingham Six months before they were released
State papers reveal that government officials were concerned that it would be embarrassing if the men’s convictions were upheld.
# State Papers
'Dear Charlie': State Papers reveal 'warm congratulations' sent after Haughey regained power in 1989
While Iran sent flowers, Pakistan praised Haughey’s “outstanding qualities of wisdom and leadership” after the general election.
# THE GREAT DEFLECTOR
Haughey meeting with TV deflector group could give them 'veneer of respectability', officials warned
The Deflector Association of Munster strongly opposed the Government’s introduction of MMDS broadcasting.
# DEAR MR PRESIDENT
'Best, clearest, latest state-of-the-art binoculars in the world' for Haughey during Japan visit
Naturally, as Taoiseach, Haughey was given two free pairs.
# State Papers
The Christmas cards sent to Haughey asking him not to forget The Birmingham Six
“This will be the 16th Christmas that my father and the five men… will spend imprisoned for a crime that they did not commit,” one letter said.
# State Papers
The 1989 letters exchanged between a Birmingham Six prisoner and Charlie Haughey
“This is the first positive thing you have done for us,” Paddy Joe Hill said in a handwritten letter to the Fianna Fáil Taoiseach.
# François Mitterrand
Ryanair and wild geese: What the French President said to Haughey during his 'historic' 1988 Irish visit
“There is a sort of poetry about it the way you people express themselves – like the great writers,” Mitterrand told Haughey.
# STATE PAPERS 2018
Imprisoned Gerry Conlon slams 'judicial terrorists' in 1988 letter to Haughey
By 1988, The Guildford Four had served over 13 years in prison having been handed down life sentences.
# State Papers
'A mad priest careering around Europe': Haughey and Thatcher clash over IRA clergyman
Father Patrick Ryan was suspected of being an IRA quartermaster active in Belgium.
# STATE PAPERS 2018
State papers shed new light on family of Gibraltar Three's fight for truth
Newly released state papers show that a meeting was arranged between family members and then-Tánaiste Brian Lenihan.
# 1988
Charles Haughey asked Britain not to fly three IRA bodies through Dublin in 1988
The Taoiseach “made it clear that he would not admit to this request in public,” new documents show.
# RIP
Maureen Haughey, the wife of former Taoiseach Charles Haughey, has died
It’s understood that she passed away in hospital this morning after a short illness.
# RIP
Former Minister Bobby Molloy dies aged 80
Molloy was one of the founding members of the Progressive Democrats in 1986.
# Haughey's right-hand man
A broke PJ Mara needed U2's manager to co-sign a car loan after he left government
A new documentary looks at the legacy of the late advisor.
# Mansion House
Garret FitzGerald really, really did not like Sinn Féin in 1985
The then Taoiseach even reached out to his nemesis Charles Haughey in an attempt to stymie Gerry Adams’ party.
Voices
If Irish politicians are incompetent, can we really plead ignorance?
In a country where few TDs would dare miss a funeral, do we really have a closer connection with our representatives… or do we just make them work harder at fooling us?
# Littlefinger
Is Aidan Gillen using his Haughey voice on Game of Thrones? People seem to think so
“We are living way beyond our means, Sansa.”
# Dublin town
Fianna Fáil's brand new plan for Moore Street is "a little bit inspired" by Charlie
Could the area become the new Temple Bar?
# Sweetie
Just who was Terry Keane, Charlie Haughey's mistress?
Keane and the former Taoiseach had a 27-year affair.
# through the keyhole
Life experience: I lived as a house-sitter in Charlie Haughey's mansion ... it was pretty tacky
There was a LOT of green going on — and, intriguingly, a locked room full of paperwork.
# News Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Monday
Irish beef, Boston bombings trial, Charlie Haughey, and ‘Welfare Wednesdays’ had everyone talking today.
Voices
Opinion: Charles Haughey’s election as Fianna Fáil leader – the Northern Ireland factor
What impact did Haughey’s stance (real or perceived) on Northern Ireland have on his successful election as Taoiseach and president of Fianna Fáil?
# who's who
Who exactly was everyone in Charlie last night?
Some people were a little confused…
# charlie
Here's how Twitter reacted to the first episode of Charlie
There were a LOT of Love/Hate comparisons.
# Haughey
Seven things you need to know about Charlie ahead of tonight's show
The three-part drama hits our screens tonight.
# 1984 State Papers
Haughey warned about possible international law breach with 'illegitimate' children and divorce
Ireland wanted to ‘avoid a situation’ where it was found to be in breach of its international commitments.
# Haughey
Aidan Gillen on becoming Charlie: 'It's not a sensationalist hatchet-job'
“There’s something unknowable about him for sure. I wasn’t expecting to find a definitive answer.”
# gubu drama
Check out the trailer for RTÉ's new Charlie Haughey drama
“He was a fascinating, divisive character.”
Voices
Opinion: The 1916 centenary is coming... but are we honouring the ideal of equality for all?
Is becoming ‘The Best Small Country In The World In Which To Do Business By 2016′ really the best ambition Ireland can have for the centenary year of the Rising?
# posh nosh
Helicopter rides and cigars: Here's what dinner with Charlie Haughey was like in 1987
A touch of class from our former taoiseach.
# No regrets
"Brown envelopes, money and Ben Dunne...it’s about the worst ingredients if you want to win a seat"
Ben Dunne says politicians never ask him for money.
# Bye Bye
In 85 years, just seven TDs have resigned from the Dáil. Who and why?
Excluding those who have resigned their seat to take up another political position or ill-health, there have been just a handful of resignations from parliament over principle or controversy down the years. Who are they? And why have there been so few?
# State Papers
Charles Haughey wanted to meet Saddam Hussein in 1978 - Saddam declined
Accompanied by Liam Lawlor, Haughey was there to arrange medical cooperation between the two countries.
# State Papers
Haughey sought military advice on a common defence plan for Ireland and the UK
State Papers show he planned to ‘bait’ Margaret Thatcher into talks on reunification using the plan.
# 1983
'Ireland's Watergate': How the phone tapping scandal would lead to Haughey's downfall... eventually
What was the phone tapping scandal? TheJournal.ie takes a step back in time and examines what was arguably the biggest political scandal in Irish history that would have consequences far beyond 1983.
# thank you for not smoking
James Reilly vs tobacco industry: Stop making smoking look attractive to girls
He follows in the footsteps of former Taoiseach Charles Haughey and ex-minister Micheál Martin in the vendetta against the habit.
# home owner
Brendan Grace interview reveals Charlie Haughey helped buy his family their first house
Brendan Grace said money he received from an action taken against the former Taoiseach allowed him buy his family home.
# gaffs
Going, going... gone. Charles Haughey's former home sells for €5.5 million
Abbeville, the Georgian mansion belonging to the former Taoiseach, had been on the market for 18 months after the company that owned it went into receivership.
# charlie
In Pictures: The cast of RTÉ drama Charlie get to work
Aidan Gillen as Charlies Haughey and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as PJ Mara.