Wednesday 18 July 2018

Joe Jackson: Tyrannical tendencies to priestly celibacy, I've got it all taped

A trip down memory lane reveals rare insights and revelations about Ireland's movers and shakers, writes Joe Jackson

Joe Dolan.
Joe Dolan.

Joe Jackson

'The British establishment just doesn't understand the Irish - full stop." Can you guess who said that? The Queen during her Christmas speech last year? Adam Boulton? Er, no. Fianna Fail politician Charlie McCreevy made that comment to me during an interview we did in 1989.

Don't worry if you never heard the quote. It's one of many I didn't use at the time, but that leapt out at me recently as I listened again to old tapes while compiling a radio show.

Here's another of those long-lost quotes. I asked McCreevy what he thought of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

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