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Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin's comments on death of Charles Haughey

13 June, 2006

Speaking in the Dáil today on the death of former Taoiseach Charles Haughey Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said:

"I would like to begin by extending on my own behalf and on behalf of the Sinn Féin TDs our sympathies to Charlie Haughey's widow Maureen, to his son Seán and to his other sons and daughter.

"Charles Haughey certainly trod a chequered pathway through the political life of the nation over many years. He did of course, in his own words, give some service and it is right that his achievements are acknowledged and remembered. And they will be.

"Some will remember him fondly. More will hold a jaundiced view of his stewardship. The arms trial episode and early support of a talks process aside - particularly in this year, the 25th anniversary of the deaths of ten young Irish republicans on hunger strike, and the 25th Anniversary on Sunday past of the election of Kieran Doherty TD -- republicans will remember his failure to stand up to Thatcher in 1980 and 1981.

"But the debate about his legacy and his contribution to Irish society is for another day. Today our thoughts are with his family who have suffered a deep loss. May he rest in peace. Suaimhneas sioraí d'anam." ENDS

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