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Monday 5 December 2016

Micheal Martin: I don't see any prospect of Ahern comeback

Published 01/12/2016 | 10:39

Micheal Martin and Bertie Ahern pictured together in 2001
Micheal Martin and Bertie Ahern pictured together in 2001

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said he does not see any prospect of former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern returning to the party.

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While stopping short of saying he would block such a move, Mr Martin said Mr Ahern has effectively retired from politics.

He said the party has been rebuilding in Dublin and has moved on generally.

“I don’t anticipate Bertie Ahern coming back into the party,” Mr Martin told Tipp FM.

“ I don’t see any prospect of that,” he added.

Mr Martin said “nothing has changed since four years ago” when he as party leader was preparing to expel Mr Ahern following the publication of the report. Mr Ahern resigned before this happened.

Asked would he actively seek to block Mr Ahern’s attempts to rejoin, Mr Martin replied:

“I don’t think it’s a prospect. The fours I articulated four years ago still stands.”

Mr Martin made the comments during an interview on the Tipp Today programme.

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