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Thatcher on the Irish: ‘They’re all liars’

The late Margaret Thatcher

FORMER Northern Ireland secretary Peter Mandelson has said that the only thing Margaret Thatcher told him was that the Irish were “all liars” and could not to be trusted.

He revealed details of the 1999 exchange yesterday as he explained why he did not want to attend the former Prime Minister’s funeral on Wednesday.

Mandelson – who served as Tony Blair’s Northern Ireland secretary between 1999 and 2001 – told the BBC: “Although I helped to organise the Labour Party’s opposition to her policies throughout the 1980s, I only ever met her once. It was the day I was appointed Northern Ireland secretary and our paths crossed,” he said.

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“She came up to me and she said, ‘I’ve got one thing to say to you, my boy…you can’t trust the Irish, they are all liars’, she said, ‘liars, and that’s what you have to remember, so just don’t forget it.

“With that she waltzed off and that was my only personal exposure to her.”

Peter Mandelson
Peter Mandelson

Baroness Thatcher’s funeral took place in London on Wednesday and was attended by a number of Irish politicians.

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson represented the Northern Ireland Assembly at the service and was joined by Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt and Alliance Party MP Naomi Lon. Irish Education Minister Ruairí Quinn also attended.


Steve Cummins

Steve is the Irish Post's digital media & entertainment editor and looks after the paper's website and weekly entertainment supplement, Rí-Rá. Follow him @steve_cummins

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2 comments on “Thatcher on the Irish: ‘They’re all liars’”

  1. D. Maria Paul

    Why would any Irish national attend Margaret Thatcher's funeral. She belittled and berated the Irish along with many other cultures as well as many of the working class of the Scots and English. The woman was vile, heartless and indignant; the only people in her book of acceptables were big corporations and the upper class society. And who really cares what her views were of the Irish!

  2. john murphy

    She wasn't far wrong, we can now include Enda Kenny and the rest of his pathetic party.


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