Thursday 18 July 2019

Former Taoiseach's son slams Charlie TV drama

Terry Keane and Charles Haughey
Terry Keane and Charles Haughey
A picture of the Haughey family taken in 1979

Sarah Stack

The son of the late Charles Haughey has slammed the production of a TV drama on his life, claiming it never captured the warm, caring and fun man they knew.

Sean Haughey revealed his 89-year-old mother Maureen was "a divil for punishment" and watched all three episodes of the three-week RTÉ drama with her children, which portrayed the former Taoiseach's rise to power and subsequent fall.

He also hit out at the portrayal of his father's affair with Terry Keane.

"The main shock was the prominence given to Terry Keane and the pillow talk scenes. That was a bit of a shock," he said.

"I think it could have been dealt with much more sensitively," Mr Haughey added, insisting that Ms Keane's influence on his father was overstated.

Speaking on RTÉ's 'Liveline', Mr Haughey told Joe Duffy the family were a bit shocked at the first episode aired on television.

"As the series went on I thought it wasn't too bad, particularly the last episode," the Dublin City Councillor said.

"I don't think it captured my father's personality at all. He came across as a very unlikeable character that was power hungry and that was all that made him tick.

"For me I knew a completely different person, someone who was warm and kind and compassionate and caring and emotional and fun."

He claimed the portrayal of his father was one dimensional and that he was power crazy and money crazy which was "all wrong".

Ms Keane had a 27-year love affair with Mr Haughey, but his son said Mrs Haughey remains a very private woman and he can "only speculate" as to whether she knew about their relationship.

"She is going to kill me now for talking about it again."

Irish Independent

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