Tuesday, June 13, 2006

How do the controversial fare in death?

Former Irish Taoiseach Charles Haughey has died at the age of 80.

It may surprise many on this side of the Irish Sea, but opinions held about Haughey are if anything even stronger and far more directed at the person than those held about Margaret Thatcher. Take a look at some of the comments on Slugger O'Toole for some of this. But today perhaps the best comment I've seen so far comes from Dec's Rambling:

Even in death he will divide the nation. Some people who hated him in life will hate him in death and will not be able to let the opportunity pass to twist the knife one last time thereby gaining some press publicity for themselves. We all know the history but let us not allow the misdeeds of the past completely overshadow the achievements of the past. There will be years enough to savage his reputation, there are only a few days to bury the man with dignity.
For more about Haughey's career, take a look at the Wikipedia article about him.

One has to wonder if there will be a similar reaction in the UK when Margaret Thatcher dies.

1 comment:

Paul Burgin said...

Tim if it's any consolation, I disliked Haughey more than Maggie!


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