Former Irish prime minister Haughey refused to stand in line for Reagan meeting
Former Irish prime minister Charles Haughey insisted he would not join a line to meet US President Ronald Reagan after his inauguration in 1981, state files reveal, according to the Irish Times.
A number of world leaders including the Israeli, Egyptian, British, German, Japanese and Canadian premiers were lining up to meet the 40th US president, reported the Irish Embassy to Dublin.
Haughey replied that he had a “reasonable interest” but said that he “doesn’t want to be in any queue” to meet Reagan.
Thatcher considered pulling out of Northern Ireland new documents show
The prime minister was invited to several St. Patrick's Day events in the U.S. that year but he refused to go unless he could meet Reagan face-to face. He also said he would go if he could address the United Nations in New York, but the speech at the UN was ruled out.
Diplomatic contact continued with the White House, but the meeting with Reagan never happened.
In one missive back to Dublin, an Irish official reported that Reagan had seen a cutting, probably from the Irish Examiner, tracing the president's family tree to Ireland, reports the Irish Times.
A copy was ordered and a government spokesman, who had said in a news report that he could trace the president’s Irish roots, was asked to do so for possible use as a surprise gift should the prime minister visit to the US.
Talks were also held about Haughey possibly presenting the traditional bowl of shamrock to Reagan on St Patrick’s Day, as a way of getting a face-to-face encounter.
In February, the state department in Washington said Reagan was “in principle willing to receive the taoiseach” on March 17th.
However, US officials said their final response to the request remained uncertain and under consideration.
The possibility that Egyptian president Muhammad Anwar al-Sadat, who was assassinated later that year, would be in Washington around the same time was blamed for the uncertainty and Haughey did not go to the U.S.
- Notre Dame sues federal government again...
- Irish university suspends Legion of Mary...
- Unionists regret US envoy Haass’ call for...
- Irish radio presenter suspended after anti-Isra
- Caroline Kennedy “selfie” in Japan reveals...
- Top ten worst ever Irish Christmas gifts,...
- 4,000 Irish social welfare letters encourage...
- Pope Francis calls capitalism “new tyranny”...
- Married priests could well be Pope Francis'...
- Address by Nelson Mandela to Joint Houses...
Not true that the burden of proof in a Tribunal of Enquiry is lighter than that of Civil Court…the term ‘burden of proof’ describesNelson Mandela showed us all what could be when good men rule
Teadoir You are right, the two faced very different challenges. Dr. King, a member of a minority race, struggled non violently for the rights of his pIrish university suspends Legion of Mary for anti-gay literature
So asking people to reconsider their opinions somehow "impedes" them? This is the glorious state of free speech in Ireland: that you can sayIrish university suspends Legion of Mary for anti-gay literature
Did anyone see the YouTube clip of the Argentinean feminist women abusing a group of heterosexual men a week or two back? I recommend folks do a sear