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Charlie Haughey at his conference in Leinster House in December 1979

Charlie Haughey at his conference in Leinster House in December 1979

Charlie Haughey with Fianna Fáil deputies and PJ Mara (left) on their way to the press conference in Government Buildings following his election as Fianna Fáil leader in 1979. Picture by Tom Burke

Charlie Haughey with Fianna Fáil deputies and PJ Mara (left) on their way to the press conference in Government Buildings following his election as Fianna Fáil leader in 1979. Picture by Tom Burke

Jack Lynch. Picture by the Evening Standard

Jack Lynch. Picture by the Evening Standard

Charlie Haughey with his mother Sarah. Picture by Collins Agency

Charlie Haughey with his mother Sarah. Picture by Collins Agency

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Charlie Haughey at his conference in Leinster House in December 1979

1. EARLY RETIREMENT

On Tuesday December 11, 1979, the day Charles Haughey was elected taoiseach, the editor of Magill, Vincent Browne, wrote to him seeking an immediate interview for a background briefing for a large story that Browne was planning on “The Making of a Taoiseach”.


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