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'No hatchet job on Haughey' Star Aidan defends RTE mini-series.

Byline: SHARON McGOWAN

AIDAN Gillen has hit back at criticism the new mini-series on controversial Charlie Haughey will be a "hatchet job".

The Dublin actor said he would not take part in Charlie if he thought it was an unfair reflection of the former Taoiseach's life.

Gillen was responding to comments made by Haughey's daughter Eimear, who described RTE's three-part series as a hatchet job last month. The 46-yearold, who starred as John Boy in Love/ Hate, said he thinks the show is fair.

He added: "I'm not comparing Haughey, a politician, to John Boy who's a fictional character or anyone else.

"If it was a sensationalist hatchet job I wouldn't have been interested in any way. What I was interested in being a part of was a fair assessment of a person's character and of a particular time in our history."

The Game of Thrones actor also revealed he never got in touch with the Haugheysy when preparing to play the character. The show's writer Colin Teevan added: "It's a drama. Eimear Haughey is entitled to her opinions but this isn't a historical book which is going to have footnoted quotes.

"We're fairly confident of all the facts that we've included."

The first instalment of the series airs on January 4.

sharon.mcgowan@trinitymirror.com

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