Checking the facts

Whether Charles Haughey, or friends tipped off by him, made a killing from his foreknowledge, as Minister for Finance, of Sterling’s 1967 devaluation, no one can tell, or if they can, they can only do so off the record.

There would not be enough evidence to hang a dog, if dogs were subject to capital punishment.

Eamon Dunphy is mistaken in his claim that Haughey lived in a Raheny semi when Minister for Finance. He had departed well before 1967 and lived in a detached house in spacious grounds with a protective garda in separate accommodation, when Minister for Justice, before I emigrated in 1964. I believe this house was in Kinsealy. It may well have been Abbeville. It should not be beyond the competence of investigative journalists to check this out.

Whatever Haughey’s faults, he was not lazy, unlike those today profiting from the devaluation of journalism.

Donal Kennedy

Palmers Green



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