Friday 20 October 2017

Bruce Arnold: This was the period that exposed Haughey at his most dishonest

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Bruce Arnold

The release of Cabinet papers this week, under the Thirty Year Rule, wll tell us little that we do not already know of the tapping of journalists' telephones carried out in 1982 under Charles Haughey's worst period in power.

Garret FitzGerald, head of the new incoming government that would last until 1987, knew of the 1982 phone tapping as did other members of Fine Gael. The tapping of journalists' phones had been published in the press after the election defeat of Haughey but while he was still in power.

He was in power from March to December 1982. His was an ill-supported, minority government and he was fearful of its collapse. He was also banal, corrupt, dishonest and inept.

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