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Fionnán Sheahan


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Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue speaking with farmers at Cahir Mart, Co Tipperary, during the summer. Photo: John D Kelly

Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue speaking with farmers at Cahir Mart, Co Tipperary, during the summer. Photo: John D Kelly

Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue speaking with farmers at Cahir Mart, Co Tipperary, during the summer. Photo: John D Kelly

The enormous ‘H’ on the roof of Government Buildings is still there, even though the helicopter landing pad hasn’t been used for decades.

The helipad was installed at Charlie Haughey’s behest during the £20m renovation of the building in 1990, lending to the nickname the ‘Chaz Mahal’. Located above the Taoiseach’s office in the north wing of the refurbished Edwardian buildings, from where there is a staircase to the roof, it was used a handful of times before being decommissioned. There’s a touch of the evacuation from the roof of the US embassy during the fall of Saigon about the defunct apparatus now.


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