The Irish do good funerals. Especially if they’re politicians.
According to the Irish Sun the cost of funerals for former taoisigh (Irish prime ministers) and presidents since 1999 have totaled €296,230.23.
The 2006 funeral of Charles Haughey, the Fianna Fail leader and Taoiseach during 1987 to 1992, was an outstandingly good do. It cost more than €82,000, or more than a quarter of the total outlay. Almost €40,000 alone went on food and drinks to bid farewell to Charlie.
Charlie Haughey’s nickname was ‘The Great Houdini”, so often did he as if by magic shake off accusations of dirt, including the waiving of a massive six-figure overdraft by his bank when he first became Taoiseach in 1979.
The man was obsessed with money, owning racehorses, a large yacht, a private island and a mansion. When he first became Taoiseach he lectured Irish citizens that “we are all living beyond our means.” He certainly knew that from first-hand experience.
He always refused to say where his money had come from; but it came from theft.
Picture source: Joost Evers