â€˜I have done the State some service, and they know it, no more of that.â€™
â€“ Charlie Haughey quoting from ‘Othello’ in his resignation speech to the DÃ¡il in 1992
Charles Haughey (Irish name Cathal Ã“ hEochaidh; 16 September 1925 â€“ 13 June 2006)
Right well thats that then. End of a era as it were.
There will be so many many questions never answered.
Will the tribunals even continue ?
The next while shall certainly be intresting will there be revelations ?
or will it be a case of speak not ill of the dead.
As a historical figure and as a plolitian and a statesman he will always loom large.
Hopefully his passing will make younger people look back and learn how things were and gain a grasp of history.
There are many many everyday thing that are commonplace and take for granted that he had sway over
from the ifsc to the warnings on cigarette packs to the free travel passes for pensioners.
Statesman and a rogue and in many ways reprehensible but I do think that we would have been worse with out him in the long view.
How history treats him will be intresting.
““Soft you; a word or two before you go.
I have done the state some service, and they know’t.
No more of that. I pray you, in your letters,
When you shall these unlucky deeds relate,
Speak of me as I am; nothing extenuate,
Nor set down aught in malice: then must you speak
Of one that loved not wisely but too well;”
Othello | Act 5, Scene 2 ”
Even with choosing this quote for one of his last while addressing the Dail he was a clever bastard.