Wednesday 25 April 2018

Ronan Fanning : Haughey's Brit bashing on Falklands cost us dear

The former Taoiseach's stance on the Falklands did untold damage to Anglo-Irish relations, writes Ronan Fanning

Charlie Haughey's administrative style as Taoiseach was terse. He sometimes initialled but did not otherwise write on the files that crossed his desk But, very rarely, he scribbled a cryptic question: "Cad a tharla?" What happened?

The release of the 1982 records from the Taoiseach's Department in the National Archives includes the files on the Falklands War between Britain and Argentina, a war that led to a humiliating disaster for Irish foreign policy. Now, for the first time, we can see what happened.

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