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Ronan Fanning : Haughey's Brit bashing on Falklands cost us dear

Published 30/12/2012 | 05:00

The former Taoiseach's stance on the Falklands did untold damage to Anglo-Irish relations, writes Ronan Fanning

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Charlie Haughey's administrative style as Taoiseach was terse. He sometimes initialled but did not otherwise write on the files that crossed his desk But, very rarely, he scribbled a cryptic question: "Cad a tharla?" What happened?

The release of the 1982 records from the Taoiseach's Department in the National Archives includes the files on the Falklands War between Britain and Argentina, a war that led to a humiliating disaster for Irish foreign policy. Now, for the first time, we can see what happened.

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