Wednesday 20 September 2017

Haughey did not invent 'cute hoorism'

Former Taoisigh Charles Haughey and Dr Garret Fitzgerald
Former Taoisigh Charles Haughey and Dr Garret Fitzgerald

Eamon Delaney's balanced article on Charles Haughey's position in Irish politics gave a different perspective from the generally held view of him. In fact, as Mr Delaney states, Mr Haughey did not invent 'cute hoorism' in Irish political life.

That term dates back to the enactment of the Local Government Act 1898. Gerald Balfour, responsible for its passage, introduced democracy into the Irish countryside.

At one stroke, Mr Balfour had destroyed the political and economic power of the old Protestant ascendancy.

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