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May 02 2019

Haughey/Gregory - a story of politics of every time

ONE OF the landmark events of 1980s Irish politics is brought to vivid theatrical life in Haughey/Gregory, by Colin Murphy, which plays the Town Hall Theatre next week.

Following the February 1982 General Election, the Independent Tony Gregory, a surprise winner of a Dáil seat, held the balance of power. After tense negotiations, he struck a deal to support Fianna Fáil's Charlie Haughey as taoiseach in return for massive investment into Gregory’s deprived north inner city Dublin bailiwick.

“I like using the stage to look at big political stories,” playwright Colin Murphy tells me as he explains what drew him to the story. “I have lived in the north inner city and still have an office there so it is an area I know well and I knew the story of the Gregory Deal just from growing up in the seventies and eighties. I thought at first it would be good to do it just for a local audience but when I got stuck into the research I realised it wasn’t just a piece of local history, it was a classic story of politics of every time.”

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