Government files on Irish figures

Dr John Bew writing for the Irish Times reports that files released under the thirty-year rule reveals that the government kept files on the main figures within Ireland, to include: politicians, academics and newspaper editors.

The recently deceased Connor Cruise O’Brien was said to be: “a “brilliant polemicist”, who enjoyed “considerable popularity” within the Labour Party, despite his renegade style.” Whilst Charles Haughey was described as a “powerful figure with strong republican leanings.” He was also referred to as being “corrupt” and said to having “sailed close to the wind”. He adds: “Through his business deals, “he has become associated with the nouveau riche of the Dublin business world”. His “playboy reputation, now dulled by middle age, and his obvious political ambition, have brought him envy and unpopularity”.” All of which was not based on factual evidence but mere allegation at the time. He was however regarded as a “successful cabinet minister and “tough political manager”.”

  • Unsentimental

    Amazing….those Irish men, and women, who “understood” and/or supported the British role in Ireland, gain sympathetic and laudatory comments whereas those whom opposed it and who would poke some holes in the sense of self worth of these insufferably arrogant foreign office minions, are critically smeared. Quel surprise!

  • Jimmy Sands

    Yes of course. Obviously that was their only reason for suggesting Haughey was bent.

  • smcgiff

    Which part specifically do you disagree with?

  • Iano

    I thought “corrupt” was a reference to tax-dodger CCO’B.