Its not exactly classy to speak ill of the Dead.
And maybe, Death is so much of a tragedy to the bereaved that we should just hold our tongues at even the most unlikely “tributes”.
But sometimes the record just needs to be put straight.
Edward Haughey was born in County Louth in the Republic of Ireland and a successful business man. And in the 1990s sat in the Irish Senate as a Fianna Fail nominee. So far …so predictable.
And then he is appointed to the British House of Lords as a “Unionist”
So clearly not the kinda man who wants to sit in a legislature as an ELECTED person.
Thats the kinda Parliamentaian that he was.
He died a Conservative “lord”.
Lord Ballyedmond of Mourne.i
And he was a multi-millionaire. How was he as an Employer. Well …we cant ask the Union in his Newry factory because he did not actually allow unions about the place. I have heard stories that I certainly believe and none point to his affection for his work force.
And I do know that one of the people I love most in the world had to jump thru hoops just to get a day off for medical reasons.
Presumably Eddies death was on his own time…and not in working hours.
If you ever travel the road from Newry to Kilkeel in County Down….you may notice that there is a very long and very high brick wall along the road.
Thats Eddies Wall. Planning Permission is for ordinary people…not multi-millionaire members of the “Lords”…Eddie threatened that he wpuld close his businesses if he had to bring the wall down.
Such was his contempt for local people.
Actually local people could not access “his” beach at Ballyedmond Castle….Ballyedmond Castle for fecks sake. Have you ever heard the like of it?
Thats the measure of the Man. Classy….Fur Coat, No Knickers.
Of course the Norn Iron Assembly Business Trust have already mourned the Old Sod.
He was a non-parliamentarian(sic) Board member.
Oddly little or none of the above has been mentioned in the glowing tributes this week.
Dare I guess that his grave will be surrounded by a small 12inch brick wall to recognise Eddie Haugheys detachment from mere mortals who are voters, employees at his factory or mere residents of scenic South Down.