Tuesday 12 November 2019

Mary O’Rourke 'troubled' by depiction of her brother Brian Lenihan in RTE’s 'Charlie'

The late Brian Snr and his wife Ann Lenihan pictured in 1990
The late Brian Snr and his wife Ann Lenihan pictured in 1990
Charlie: Peter O'Meara, who plays Brian Lenihan Snr in RTE's new drama 'Charlie' with fellow-cast members Aidan Gillen, left, and Risteard Cooper outside Government Buildings. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Mary O'Rourke
Mary O'Rourke.
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

Former politician Mary O’Rourke has said she was “troubled” by the depiction of her brother Brian Lenihan in RTE’s new political drama trilogy “Charlie”.

While the former Fianna Fail TD described last night’s drama as “riveting”, she said the families of the central characters’ might feel “bashed on” by the depiction of their loved ones.

Ms O’Rourke told RTE’s Today with Sean O’Rourke: “I was a bit troubled by the depiction of Brian, Brian Lenihan senior.”

“The drama was that he was carrying the Charvet shirts after Charlie. I’m quite sure Brian Lenihan never did that.”

“I’m very conscious today of the families - the Haughey family, the Keane family, the Lenihan family, the Doherty family.”

She said the families “might feel a bit bashed on” by the portrayal of certain figures.

“I found the historical depiction very good.”

“Where [“Charlie”] had to ally and marry with the drama was a bit more difficult.”

Although Mary said she likes how actor Peter O’Meara looked while he played Brian Lenihan, she was not convinced that the depiction was comprehensive.

“There was much more to Brian than was depicted, but maybe more will come out again.”

“I’ll have more to say.”

In relation to Aiden Gillen’s portrayal of Charlie Haughey, she said: “The voice was terrific”

“I wrote 'riveting' in a notebook I had... [The drama] was riveting.”

“There were some wonderful cameos in it. The cameo of his mother with her soft Derry accent.”

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