There was a fierce row on Liveline recently over a poster put up by Fine Gael councillor Jim O’Leary. The poster depicted Bertie Ahern and Charlie Haughey with the legend ‘Let’s break with the past’.
Seems reasonable to me, O’Leary is a young candidate anxious for a future free of political corruption. Haugheyites, including Jimmy Guerin, brother of murdered journalist, Veronica Guerin, were not so reasonable. Indeed, they were extremely angry that this ‘great Irish patriot’ should be denigrated in such a manner so soon after his death.
Here’s some of what Guerin had to say:
“He’s speaking ill of the dead and that’s not something the Irish electorate will tolerate. The reality is he has taken a man who is revered by some, who has undoubtedly made a huge contribution to this country, a man who had faults but what he’s forgetting is the man is not dead a year and it is disrespectful to behave like this towards someone who has passed away.”
So, respect for the dead is apparently important to Haugheyites. When President Erskine Childers (a man who stood up to Haughey) died in 1974, Haughey was asked why he was attending the funeral. He replied;
“To make sure the fucker is well planted”
Ah yes, respect.