Photographer captures Ireland's most controversial modern leader

A new exhibition in Dublin's Gallery of Photography examines one of Ireland's most controversial political figures, Charles Haughey.

A jubliant Charles (Charlie) Haughey, Leader of Fianna Fail, is protected by ushers and followed by media and supporters as he leaves the Dail having yet again survived a challenge to his leadership by 40 votes to 33. 7/2/1983 Photo Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

A jubliant Charles (Charlie) Haughey, Leader of Fianna Fail, is protected by ushers and followed by media and supporters as he leaves the Dail having yet again survived a challenge to his leadership by 40 votes to 33. 7/2/1983 Photo Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie CC BY 2.0

The subject of a recent TV series in Ireland, where Aidan Gillen (The Wire) took the title role, there is something of a revival of interest in Haughey at present in Ireland. Eamonn Farrell's photography seeks to look at the grandiosity and drama of the controversial political figure, and as the programme note states, "Neither hatchet-job nor hagiography, the exhibition aims to provide the context for a contemporary re-assessment of Haughey, and his political and artistic legacy."

Following Haughey from his over the top public persona, to his spectacular and infamous mansion, the exhibition seeks to study Charlie Haughey as a way of better understanding the political landscape at present in Ireland.

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