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”.”