Opinion Shane Ross

Wednesday 23 August 2017

Noble vision hijacked by FF cronies

STATE OCCASION: Lady Valerie Goulding with then president Eamon De Valera and children at the Clinical Remedial Clinic in the early Seventies
STATE OCCASION: Lady Valerie Goulding with then president Eamon De Valera and children at the Clinical Remedial Clinic in the early Seventies

Shane Ross

DID Charlie Haughey save the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC)? In 1987 Lady Valerie Goulding, CRC's great founder, declared that "but for Charlie, we'd have no centre today".

Haughey would have loved the nod of approval from the British aristocrat. She was referring to the former Taoiseach's role as a fundraiser in the Seventies. Haughey spent some of his wilderness years drumming up public and private funding for the CRC. It helped his image. And it helped the CRC.

Lady Goulding soon joined Fianna Fail and became a senator. It was an unlikely alliance between a member of the British nobility and an Irish rogue. Yet it seemed to work. She broadened Fianna Fail's appeal. Fianna Fail arranged funds for the clinic.

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