About the Site

This is the official memorial website for the former Taoiseach, Charles J. Haughey, which has been established with the consent of his family. It is a work in progress and is intended to provide factual information on his career in public life and on his considerable contribution and achievements over many decades.

Charles J. Haughey: 1925 - 2006.

C.J. Haughey is a former Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland. First elected to Dáil Éireann in 1957, he successively held the Ministries of Justice, Agriculture and Fisheries, Finance, Health and Social Welfare and later the Gaeltacht portfolio as Taoiseach. In each of these Departments he exhibited an abiding social concern and a commitment to reform. He introduced major initiatives including enlightened programmes for social progress, law reform, improved health services, modernisation of the taxation system and restoration of the public finances.

As Taoiseach between 1987 and 1992, his governments are credited with taking the tough decisions necessary which paved the way for later economic recovery. Among the measures spear-headed at this time was the introduction of a national consensus forming mechanism which included the trade unions, employers and farmers, and the establishment of both the International Financial Services Centre and the National Treasury Management Agency, which taken together laid the foundations for unprecedented economic growth and development.

Throughout a long political career Charlie Haughey initiated a number of unique measures for the promotion of arts and culture which have been universally acclaimed, including tax exemption for creative artists.

He was always totally committed to the ideal of European unity and to Ireland's active role as a member of the European Community (now European Union). His Presidency of the European Community in 1990 is widely regarded as having been a significant success achieving a major advance in the integration of the Community, the admission of a united Germany to membership and the initial steps toward economic and monetary union.

He articulated the view that Northern Ireland as a political entity had failed and was committed to the achievement of the unity of Ireland by peaceful constitutional means. At the 1980 Anglo-Irish Dublin Summit he raised the Northern Ireland problem to a new plane when agreement was reached with the British Prime Minister that special consideration be given to the 'totality of relationships' between the two islands. He expressed the view that the mutual accommodation of the two traditions could not be achieved within the narrow confines of Northern Ireland itself but only in the broader context of Ireland as a whole, and that both sovereign Governments had the primary responsibility to promote the necessary structures to devise a lasting solution .

In the mid 1980s, while still leader of the 'opposition', he facilitated and encouraged Fr. Alec Reid in laying solid foundations for what would, in time, become the Northern Peace Process.

He retired from public life in 1992 and passed away on 13th. June 2006.