Sunday 18 February 2018

David Robbins: My uncle's distrust of Haughey was instinctive and intuitively correct

Haughey: a little man who wanted to be big
Haughey: a little man who wanted to be big

My uncle met Charlie Haughey only once. It was at an official government meeting and my uncle was assisting his departmental secretary.

He was one of those civil servants you see hovering just out of shot at summits or conferences, the ones who stand behind the chair of their bosses, handing documents or whispering advice as required.

So he was not at the table with Haughey, just in the same room. However, he considered it enough to make a judgment on the Taoiseach.

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