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Former Irish Prime Minister Charles Haughey died on 13 June at the age of 80 following a long illness. Mr Haughey had been taoiseach on three separate occasions between 1979 and 1992.

His career was colourful – the son-in-law of former Premier Séan Lemass, his cabinet career began in 1961 when he became minister of justice, but he was dismissed as finance minister in the 1970s over allegations that he had been involved in a plot to smuggle arms for the Provisional IRA, though he was subsequently acquitted of all charges. He was first elected as taoiseach in 1979, losing two elections and winning a third within 18 months and serving a third term of office between 1987-92.

14 June 2006

 Last updated: 14/06/2006 10:22:00

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