Joseph Goebbels was of the opinion that if you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. I think those who refuse to accept the hard fact that Haughey was a corrupt politician have a tendency to apply this dictum to themselves.
Here are just a few of what I call bizarre Haugheyisms.
Tim Pat Coogan, former Irish Press editor and historian thinks that Haughey’s ‘bad judgements’ resulted from head injuries he received in a car accident in the 1960s.
Anthony Cronin, poet and close friend of Haughey feels that it was the artist in Haughey that led him to think he was entitled to ‘patronage’.
Conor Lenihan, (Labouring under the amazing assumption that Irish politics is now free of corruption) thinks that the sheer scale of Haughey’s corruption played an important role in the clean-up of Irish politics.
So, Haughey was an artist who got a bump on the head and decided to clean up Irish politics.
Joseph would have been proud.