This post was prompted by an article in the Sindo today, and also by a desire to have at least one thread on this site that isn't about SF! Isn't is surely time for all honest and clear-minded people of all parties and none to accept the truth that during Charles Haughey's period in office, as a minister and as Taoiseach, he achieved far much more for the country than anyone else at the time, and that his positive attributes far outweigh the negatives. In the areas of health, equality, arts, social security, finance and the burgeoning peace process (which CJ started, and not Reynolds, whatever the Longford man may think) he brought about radical and far-sighted reforms. Indeed, the Independent article was justified in calling him the Father of Modern Ireland.
It is easy to carp and to criticise, and to pen articles decrying Haughey and mocking his pretensions. But as Liam Cosgrave said, he achieved far more than any of his critics ever did. He was a man of vision, and I hope that as a nation we will mature enough in the future to recognise and appreciate his greatness