Tuesday 23 May 2017

James Downey: Abortion vote worries, political upheaval and Anglo-Irish rows in the year of the GUBU

James Downey

James Downey

GROTESQUE, unbelievable, bizarre, unprecedented. Thus Charles J Haughey described just one of the many astonishing incidents that occurred in 1982.

One of his strongest critics, Conor Cruise O'Brien, seized on his words and produced the acronym GUBU. Truly 1982 was the year of the GUBU.

We now learn that it was even more sensational than we had previously known.

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