Sunday 21 January 2018

John Boland: RTE could use Sopranos as model for Haughey series

John Boland

When Charles J Haughey stepped down from leadership of Fianna Fail in January 1992, "the atmosphere was that of Shakespearean tragedy".

Such, anyway, was the exalted view of former party adviser Martin Mansergh when interviewed for RTE1's 2005 four-part documentary series, 'Haughey', and his late boss would no doubt have agreed.

Indeed, he got all Shakespearean himself when he made his final speech as Taoiseach in February 1992, quoting directly from Othello as he told a captive Dail audience that he had "done the state some service, and they know it".

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