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Tuesday, June 07, 2005 

Seán Doherty RIP

From RTÉ, former Fianna Fáil government minister Seán Doherty has just died after suffering a brain haemorrhage on Saturday night.

Doherty will be remembered as the Minister of Justice who tapped the phones of two journalists back in 1982. His claim (on a late-night RTÉ program in 1992) that Charles J. Haughey had known of the phone-taps led to Haughey's resignation shortly thereafter. (Some believe that Doherty was acting as a stalking-horse for Albert Reynolds within FF, though Reynolds tonight denied this on the main evening news)

In later years, Doherty was a distinguished member of the Oireachtas and served on the Public Accounts Committee.

In a week notable for the revealing in the US of the identity of the man who brought down another crooked leader, it behooves us to remember a man who did our own State some service.

Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam.

"Libel"-Richard Waghorne
"Attack blog"-Damien Mulley

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  • An early-thirties male Irish technologist living and working in Dublin, I'm a former (recovering) member of both Fianna Fáil and the Roman Catholic Church.

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