The newspaper columnist, Terry Keane, has said that she has had an affair over many years with Charles Haughey. In an interview on last night's Late Late Show, Ms. Keane said that the relationship began 27 years ago after they had met at a nightclub.

She said that Mr. Haughey knew of her plans to go public about the affair and did not try to dissuade her. The disclosure comes at a time when Mr. Haughey's financial affairs are being investigated by the Moriarty Tribunal.