Tuesday 27 September 2016

Crowded house for Lenihan's book on Haughey

Published 12/11/2015 | 02:30

Conor Lenihan with his niece Claire Lenihan and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the launch of his new book, ‘Haughey: Prince of Power’
Conor Lenihan with his niece Claire Lenihan and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the launch of his new book, ‘Haughey: Prince of Power’

Fianna Fáil backbenchers crowded into the National Library last night for the launch of Conor Lenihan's explosive book, 'Haughey: Prince of Power'.

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Mr Lenihan has pieced together the account from a mixture of his own memories of the former Taoiseach and anecdotes that his father, Brian Lenihan Snr, passed on to him.

Mr Lenihan Sr was famously sacked as Tánaiste by his friend Haughey.

"I was in a unique position to have all this first-hand information and experience of Haughey," Mr Lenihan said. "I met him and knew him. I had all these recollections. I think it's important to write these memories down to ensure they don't fade."

It is his first book, and he plans on writing several more. "I helped my father with his book and worked as a journalist for several years, but this was something completely different. It won't be my last," he said.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin launched 'Prince of Power'.

The book covers the Arms Crisis, Haughey's rise to power, the presidential election of 1990 and Haughey's fall from grace.

"He fascinates people, and I think he will remain a source of fascination," said Mr Lenihan.

Irish Independent

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