Stranger Fruit

‘Cute hoor’ moves on

Charles Haughey has died at the age of 80. For most readers, that will mean nothing. For those who grew up in Ireland, this death will either bring sadness or a quiet sense of satisfaction. I am in the latter group. Haughey was the epitome of the ‘cute hoor‘, an Irish idiom for an individual who does whatever they want to get whatever they want. Think DeLay or any of the reptiles in Congress, and you’re not too far wrong. To me, Haughey epitomized everything that was wrong with Ireland in the 70s and 80s. Over at Crooked Timber, fellow ex-pat (and Arizona resident) Kieran Healy has a worthwhile rundown.