- 17 Apr 01
The task facing SEÁN HAUGHEY is a daunting one: to attempt to emulate the achievements of his father, a man who spent decades at the very centre of Irish public life. Liam Fay talks to the most famous moustache in politics about life, love and the pursuit of happiness, and asks: is Dáil Éireann to be the House of the Rising Son? Pix: COLM HENRY.
Seán Haughey did not enjoy this interview. There were times, during our two and a half hour encounter in his Leinster House office, when he became incredibly uneasy. He squirmed in his seat. He fidgeted frantically. He gazed off for long, jittery moments at the mute Dáil proceedings on his TV monitor, silently wishing perhaps that he was there and not here.
He became most uncomfortable whenever he was asked a direct question about his own views. Seán Haughey does not like direct questions. The closest he ever came to being relaxed was when he was speaking about his father, the venerable C.J. Haughey. I can’t say that his face actually lit up because that is a physical impossibility, but it came damn close.
Thirty-three last November, this youngest chip off the most notorious block in Irish politics describes himself as “a full-time public representative.” A senator since 1987, his long quest to become a TD finally bore fruit in 1992 when he won the seat vacated by his Da in Dublin North-Central. Married with one son, he has recently been appointed National Chairman of Ógra Fianna Fail.