Wednesday 21 March 2018

Diarmaid Ferriter: Why we have an enduring fascination with Haughey

Former Taoiseach led a dramatic and sometimes scandalous life, writes Diarmaid Ferriter

Aidan Gillen, left, who plays Haughey
Aidan Gillen, left, who plays Haughey
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor portrays Charles Haughey's press adviser, PJ Mara

Diarmaid Ferriter

News of the filming of a new political drama about the career of Charles Haughey, leader of Fianna Fail from 1979 to 1992, has once again put the controversial former Taoiseach under the spotlight.

The three-part series, being filmed for RTE, has attracted a host of Irish acting stars, including Aidan Gillen in the role of Haughey.

Pictures of the actors during the week arriving on set created much interest, suggesting the preoccupation and fascination with Haughey shows no sign of abating. This is perhaps unsurprising; his political career spanned five decades and he was a polarising character, loved and loathed in roughly equal measure.

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