Charles Haughey, who served three terms as Ireland's prime minister, died Tuesday, after a long battle with cancer.
Haughey died at the age of 80 at his home in Dublin.
In a written statement, Ireland Prime Minister Bertie Ahern said Haughey's death was "a very sad occasion, and marks the passing of an era."
The former prime minister dominated Irish politics between 1979 and 1992. Credited with laying the groundwork for Ireland's Celtic Tiger economic boom, his legacy was tainted by a series of scandals and allegations of corruption.
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