Friday 24 November 2017

Albert reached into his pocket and took out £500 to pay a private eye

From his failure to become President to his devastating libel action in London, Albert Reynolds had always given Jody Corcoran the inside track

Albert Reynolds leaving court in London
Albert Reynolds leaving court in London
Four of Albert Reynolds' daughter shelter at his funeral
Bertie Ahern arrives for Albert Reynolds' funeral
Edward Haughey
Albert’s daughter, Miriam, at the former Taoiseach’s funeral at Shanganagh Cemetery, in Dublin.
Jody Corcoran

Jody Corcoran

One day, around 18 years ago, Albert Reynolds called and asked me to attend his office in Leinster House, which in those days I used to do regularly enough anyway.

At the time, he was a former Taoiseach and Fianna Fail leader who had recently fought a libel action in the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

He was on the telephone when I arrived, literally buying and selling oil to Arabs: "Sell," he said to whoever was on the line and hung up without waiting for a reply.

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