Archbishop Martin pays tribute to Haughey

Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin has offered his sympathy on the passing of Charles Haughey and said Mr Haughey was a man who has engaged the people of Ireland for 40 years.

Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin has offered his sympathy on the passing of Charles Haughey and said Mr Haughey was a man who has engaged the people of Ireland for 40 years.

In a statement, Archbishop Martin said: “These days following the death of the former Taoiseach were not ones for writing history books. A full and balanced analysis of Mr Haughey’s impact on Irish life would take time and careful consideration.

“It should be remembered that Mr Haughey was a husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend and those closest to him should be afforded these days to grieve with peace and dignity.”

Ray McSharry, a staunch supporter of Mr Haughey and finance minister in the 1987 Haughey government, also expressed his sympathies to the family.

“Mr Haughey was a great family man. He wanted the best for all his family and for the people of Ireland, all Ireland,” Mr McSharry said.

“He was an outstanding constituency representative, a caring and reforming minister in many Government departments. As Taoiseach in difficult times, he presided over the laying of the foundation stones – both North and South – that has delivered unprecedented peace and prosperity for all our people.”

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