FF row deepens as Micheal Martin says he’s ‘not bothered’ about Bertie Ahern’s criticism
Former Taoiseach told meeting he doesn’t ‘think much’ of Martin and wouldn’t ‘be saying anything nice about him’
Published 17/04/2014 | 12:36
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin has hit back at former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern’s criticism of him saying he’s “not bothered about it”.
Mr Martin said he had no idea as to why Mr Ahern chose to make his remarks, in which he said he didn’t “think much” of Martin, and wouldn’t “be saying anything nice about him”.
Mr Ahern was speaking at a private meeting to rally support for local election candidate Brian Rohan, who is standing for Fianna Fail in the elections.
Mr Ahern was addressing a crowd of around 50 Fianna Fail members in his former Drumcondra heartland at the Skylon Hotel, in support of Mr Mohan.
Sitting at the top table, Mr Ahern told the crowd: "We still all support the party. We still all support Fianna Fail.
"I don't think much of the leader, I think you all know that. I'm not going to say anything nice about him," he said.
Responding to Mr Ahern’s stinging remarks this morning, Mr Martin told Northern Sound Radio: “I have no idea as to why he would say what he has said but I’m not in any way bothered about it and people themselves will make their own judgement on that.
“People will make their judgement on the situation within now Fianna Fail in the aftermath of the electoral defeat (in 2011) and the challenges that are ahead of us. I’m not bothered about it.”
When the former Taoiseach was approached after the event last night and asked to clarify his remarks, he said: "No we're only out trying to help (Brian Mohan).
"His da helped me for years so we're trying to help him," he said.
He earlier said Brian Mohan's father Noel had "worked his toenails off for me".
"This is only friends. I'm friends with Brian you know so we're just trying to give him a dig out."
When asked about his role at the meeting after the event, he told the Irish Independent: "I'm just trying to give him advice. I have a gammy leg so I can't do too much work but I've been trying to help him out and give him a bit of advice."
Asked afterwards about his comment in relation to Mr Martin, he responded: "No, I've no problem with any of them.
"No, I said I have nothing against him. I've no connections with him."
He added: "I said nothing bad against him either. I'm just trying to help him out."
Mr Ahern was well-briefed as he told members 1,200 votes would get Mr Mohan elected.