Saturday 22 July 2017

Time to change the record on Charlie

21st May 1980: Irish Prime Minister Charles Haughey, on the steps of 10 Downing Street, London, with Margaret Thatcher, the British prime minister. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
21st May 1980: Irish Prime Minister Charles Haughey, on the steps of 10 Downing Street, London, with Margaret Thatcher, the British prime minister. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

- I read a letter from Philip O'Neill (Irish Independent, January 3) and while it was a sad reflection on the state of the country, he blames Charles Haughey for its downfall conclusively. Yes, conclusively!

He speaks of Charlie Haughey's expensive taste in wine, which must come as no surprise. Here was a man, he said, who almost made a virtue of appropriating the country's resources through every available means of chancery in order to feed his own vanity. Unfortunately his legacy lingers on.

While I do not disagree with Mr O'Neill's findings. I think he is very naive to think that Charlie did all this on his own.

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