Haughey to get State funeral on Friday

Wednesday 14 June 2006 11.32
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Charles Haughey - 1925 - 2006
Charles Haughey - 1925 - 2006
Former Taoiseach - A long battle with cancer
Former Taoiseach - A long battle with cancer

A State funeral is to be given to the former Taoiseach, Charles Haughey, who died at his home in Kinsealy, Co Dublin, this morning.

Mr Haughey was 80. His wife, Maureen, and his children were with him when he died. He had been in failing health for some time after being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1995.

The Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, is to deliver the graveside oration at the State Funeral of Mr Haughey on Friday.

Mr Haughey's remains are to repose at his home in Abbeville tomorrow and Wednesday, and will be removed to Our Lady of Consolation in Donnycarney on Thursday for a private ceremony.

Members of the public will be able to pay their respects and file past the open coffin on Thursday between 11.30am and 4pm at the church.

His remains will be formally brought to the high altar at 5pm on Thursday.

Requiem Mass will commence at noon on Friday, at the conclusion of which the funeral cortege will be escorted by a marching military battalion and band along the Malahide Road to Artane Roundabout and then to St Fintan's Cemetery in Sutton.

After the graveside prayers, the Taoiseach will deliver the graveside oration and military honours will be rendered.

Books of Condolence will be open for the former Taoiseach from this evening until Friday evening at Dublin Castle, the Mansion House, Dublin City Hall, Government Buildings, Fianna Fáil Headquarters and the Church of Our Lady of Consolation in Donnycarney.

Mr Haughey is survived by his wife Maureen, and children Eimear, Ciarán, Conor and Seán.