Wednesday 24 May 2017

Haughey's exploits to light up silver screen in film adaptation of 'Sweetie'

Patricia McDonagh

A NEW film about former Taoiseach Charles Haughey will include some "shocking revelations" about his financial dealings and love life, its author said last night.

Writer Kevin O'Connor said the big-screen adaptation of his book 'Sweetie: How Haughey Spent the Money' will contain new information about Mr Haughey's infamous riding accident on the morning of the Budget in April 1970.

His strange absence forced Taoiseach Jack Lynch to step in and deliver a Budget that doubled some taxes and increased the old-age pension.

Mr O'Connor also claimed the film will explain how Mr Haughey made money during a multi-million pound deal to obtain new telephone equipment for the State.

Mr O'Connor has written a screenplay based on his book entitled 'Political Betrayal'.

Last week, 2000AD Productions acquired the rights to this adaptation and his original book in a bid to make a film about the controversial former Taoiseach.

The project, which will be produced by Adrian Devane, will be the first film to explore Mr Haughey's rise to power, and his love for gossip columnist Terry Keane.

The romance become public knowledge in 1999 when Ms Keane revealed on 'The Late Late Show' that she and the former Taoiseach had been together for 27 years.

Yesterday Mr O'Connor expressed his excitement at the new venture.

"This film will open in a rat-infested warehouse in Hamburg dock, where men are loading arms into a ship for the IRA," Mr O'Connor said.

"It will conclude in 1999 when two separate tribunals make their findings in relation to Mr Haughey's financial affairs.

"Brenda Blethyn is the spitting image of Terry Keane and I would love to see her in the role," he said.

"I would love Anthony Hopkins to play Mr Haughey as he has the same hooded eyes."

Irish Independent

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