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Representations of Irish political leaders in the ‘Haughey’ plays of Carr, Barry and Breen
Anthony Roche

which suggested itself, as much on the political as on the theatrical stage, was the figure of the Shakespearean tragic hero. Was Haughey a great man brought down by the machinations of his political enemies, a figure of great intelligence and talent betrayed by a singular flaw in that same nature, or a small man devoted to the street tactics of survival and deluded by his own hubris? When Haughey stepped down from the office of Taoiseach in 1992, he did so by quoting from Othello: ‘I have done the state some service, and they know’t; / No more of that.’6

in Irish literature since 1990