In his last Dáil address Haughey said: ‘I have always sought to act solely and exclusively in the best interests of the Irish people.’ Even allowing for his public ignominy in the interim, Charles Haughey remained unflinching and, in his own terms, undefeated.
The Irish Times obituary meanwhile:
While he was heavily criticised for his lavish lifestyle and his acceptance of massive payments from business people such as Ben Dunne, Mr Haughey was also credited with many innovative political ideas. He is most often noted for extending free travel on public transport to older people and for the creation of generous tax breaks for artists.
It’s as if they balance out. He may have taken millions in
bribes payments, but he did give tax break for artists. What a legend.