It was so nice to read Harry McGuirk's column in the Wave 1/8/2000. It brought back a lot of nostalgic memories for me! Former Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Charlie's surname is spelt incorrectly. It should be, of course, Haughey not Haushey!
I knew the Haugheyfamily well and grew up on a "stone's throw" from their home in the North Dublin Parish of Donneycarney. Both Charlie and his brother Owen(later to be ordained as Oblate Preist) attended the Irish Christain Brothers School in Marino Dublin which I later attended myself. Their mother Mrs. Haughey was truly the "Valiant woman of the Scriptures" , a great republican and Church woman whose worth was "beyond pearls". After the "Arms Trail" she hung a notice "No Arms Here" over the phone in the hallway of her tiny Corporation house in Donneycarney. I guess, to add to her virtues she had a truly unique sense of "Irish humor"! I was happy to have her at my first Mass and ordination breakfast.
Sure Charlie got himself into a lot of hot water later but I still grudgingly admire him for his attempts to arm, at that time, a defenseless Catholic population in West Belfast. I worked with those refugees as they fled to the South of Ireland with terror in their eyes and in fear of their lives , from places like Whiterock Road. Thank God for the peace that survivors of that terrible time now enjoy!