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Sunday 4 December 2016

Sharp focus on public life of Haughey

Published 30/10/2015 | 02:30

Eamonn Farrell, with one of his images from the Charles Haughey Exhibition,
Eamonn Farrell, with one of his images from the Charles Haughey Exhibition, "Power, Politics & Public Image"

He was the most controversial politician in the history of the State.

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Now an exhibition of photographs by Eamonn Farrell examines the public image of Charles Haughey.

'Charles Haughey: Power, Politics & Public Image' is a chance to observe Haughey and a cast of supporting characters including Brian Lenihan, Pádraig Flynn, Mary O'Rourke, Bertie Ahern and PJ Mara. It shows them at work in their native political habitats - such as ard fheiseanna, press conferences and fundraising dinners.

A sustained sequence of photographs recalls 'the heave' of February 1983 - when Haughey surprised everyone by surviving.

Eamonn Farrell is an award-winning photojournalist and art photographer, who set up the agency Photocall Ireland. The exhibition runs until November 22 in the Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Dublin. Admission is free.

Irish Independent

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