Ireland: Liffeygate

Scandal rocks Fianna Fail

A country's onetime Chief Executive is mired in a widening scandal that has already claimed several top aides and threatens to force his own resignation. It is a tale of taps on journalists' phones, of a secret tape recording of a political discussion, apparent conspiracies and controversy involving high-ranking public figures. And then there is dogged investigative reporting and at least one "Deep Throat." Sound familiar? Well, yes, but this is Dublin 1983, not Washington 1973. The central character is former Prime Minister Charles Haughey; the scandal is...

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